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Baraqish
 
Baraqish

Baraqish is an old city close to Marib it can be seen as a daytrip from there. Baraqish is located in the semi-arid area on the road to Hazm Al-Jawf, 125km, 125km from Sanaa. Baraqish stands on top of a lofty hill with a magnificent castle sealed off by a highly fortified wall, as high as 8 meters in some places, are in good condition. The wall has 57 towers and tow gates, one in the east and one in the western part of the wall.
The most striking feature of the city is the ruins of the temple, located in the southern part of the city. The temple reflects the dominant from of architecture used by the Maeenis and consists of 16 columns and beams. Archeologists believe that this was the Athter Temple, the Morning Star or Venus, Goddess of love. There is anther temple in the center of the city but only 4 columns can be seen. Many inscriptions can be found on the city walls faced. The city was inhabited unit the 1960s.

There are further historical sites dating back to the Maeen dynasty in Majzer district not far from Baraqish: to the west Ahqaf and Duroub Al-Sabi and, to the east, the site of Kharbat Al-Lisan.

From a point on the northern side of Balaq Mountain, overlooking Wadi Dhanah, one can see the two gates of the Great Dam, the lake of the new dam and the ruins of the old canals. Far a way, one can see the Dhanah Valley Delta or Valley of Sheba, historically Known as the Land of two Heavens. The road stretches to the Balaq mountain passing by the northern gate of the Great Dam.


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