"Amran" `Amran by JohnniOmani

`Amran Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 39 photos

The fortified village

Amran’s is a very old city and it was originally encircled by a clay wall, most of which still exist together with the old eastern gates. The features of the old market are still apparent. There are many stone inscriptions at the entrance of the city and on the facades of houses, suggesting that Amran was one of the important sites in Yemen’s ancient history . Amran is known for not only its distinctive architectural style, which heavily uses adobe blocks, but also for the variety of crops, which are grown there. There are many archaeological sites in the surroundings area. The city is considered to be one of the centers of traditional crafts, particularly leather works, and Friday, in Amran, is the weekly market day where theses crafts can be viewed. Amran gives an impression of a ghost city because walking around you can get lost and not see a single person for small periods of time. The locals are super friendly and will pose for shots but the area is obviously poorer than other areas in Yemen. Amran was an unexpected delight.

The Amran Souq

Most travellers that venture around Yemen take in a few souqs in places such as Old Sana'a or Aden but Amrans souq is very traditional and lively and a great place to buy old original souvenirs. The people dont speak English but are very open towards travellers and most of the locals are more than willing to pose for some great photos. The souq has animals wandering around while Toyotas zoom through the small alleys. The buildings are crumbling and there are no paved roads. Women walk around carrying objects ranging from straw to buckets on their heads while elders sit and sell fruit and vegetables. Great fun :)

Friendly faces of Amran

My favorite thing about Amran other than its souq and old city was its people. It was incredible, the men kept coming up to me and asking me if I wanted to take a photo of them which was surprising but I jumped at the offer to take photos of the men with their traditional khanjars and gear. Women wandering around the souq even allowed me to take their photo and the entire vibe was very relaxed and pleasant. Amran is a very easy day trip from Sana'a and it gives further insight into the life people live outside the major centers.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Classic souq, architecture and people
  • Cons:few travellers so some folks may be intimidated
  • In a nutshell:Great
  • Last visit to `Amran: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 2, 2007
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