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Historic Town of Zabid
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Type of site: Heritage in danger
Date: 13-15th-century
Date of Inscription: 1993
Location: Middle East, Yemen, Province d'al-Hudayda
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Description: Zabid is an exceptional archaeological and historical site, exemplified through its domestic and military architecture as well as its urban plan. It acted as the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century; in addition, the city played an essential role in the Arab and Muslim world for several centuries owing to its Islamic university. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Zabid (Arabic: زبيد) (also spelled Zebid) is a town of 10,000 persons on Yemen's western coastal plain. The town, named after Wadi Zabid the wadi to its south, is one of the oldest towns in Yemen, it was the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century and a center of the Arab and Muslim world due in large part to its famed University of Zabid and being a center of Islamic education. It was the capital of the Ziyadid dynasty from 819–1018 and the Najahid dynasty from 1022–1158. Today, however, it is at the intellectual and economic margins of modern Yemen. Zabid has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Its Great Mosque occupies a prominent place in the town. The vestiges of its university can also be visited. It has an estimated population of 8000 inhabitants. In 2000, Zabid was listed on the List of World Heritage in Danger; the listing was made on the behest of the Yemeni government due to a state of poor upkeep and conservation. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
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Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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