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The Dar al-Hajar (Rock Palace) is perched atop a pinnacle at the Wadi Dhahr Valley, north of the capital Sana’a, Yemen. The historical five-story palace was built by Yemen’s ruler Imam Mansour Ali Bin Mehdi Abbas in 1786 AD. In the 1930s, the late Yemeni monarch Imam Yahya Hameed Al-Din added the upper story and annexes and used it as his summer residence. • photo: August 9, 2011 by Yahya Arhab / EPA

the Dar al-Hajar (Rock Palace) perched atop a rock pinnacle at the Wadi Dhahr Valley in Yemen. Classic example of Yemeni architecture built in 1786 by Imam Mansour Ali Bin Mahdi Abbas; in the Imam Yahya Hamid Al Din extended it as a summer residence.