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Thula city
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Alternative nameThila
Location Yemen
Region 'Amran Governorate
Coordinates 15°34′25″N43°54′05″E / 15.57361°N 43.90139°E / 15.57361; 43.90139 Coordinates: 15°34′25″N43°54′05″E / 15.57361°N 43.90139°E / 15.57361; 43.90139

Thula (Arabic : ثُلَاء, romanized: Thulāʾ) or Thila (Arabic : ثِلَاء, romanized: Thilāʾ) is a town in west-central Yemen. It is located in the 'Amran Governorate.


Thula is one of five towns in Yemen on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. [1] Dating to the Himyarite period, the town is very well preserved and includes traditional houses and mosques. [1] Archaeological investigation discovered Sabaean period ruins with massive stone architecture beneath the Himyarite. [2] [3] Restoration between 2004 and 2011, restored the Bab al Mayah gate, several watch towers, paths, the traditional cistern, and other portions of the Sabaean fort. [3]

World Heritage Status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on July 8, 2002, in the Cultural category. [1]

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