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Ta'izz with Cairo castle in foreground.

Ta'izz is a city in the south of the Yemeni Mountains. It is better developed than most Yemeni cities, with very good roads. It is also reasonably clean. The climate is quite pleasant throughout the year.


Tai'zz lies at the foot of Mount Sabir (3.200 meters above sea level). The city is about 1.400 meters above sea level. Tai'zz was the capital of the Rasulid state.

Get in[edit]

Ta'izz has road links to other major cities and a regional airport. Ta'izz is 255 km south of Sana'a.

Get around[edit]


Jennad Mosque

The city wall has four gates and is crowned by the Cairo castle.

  • 1 Al-Qahira citadel (Cairo Castle). The castle on a hill above the city is nicely illuminated at night.
  • Al Aruss mountain. 3000 m above sea level. There is a good road all the way to the top.
  • Al Janad mosque. Located north of the city. It was the second mosque to be established in Yemen.
  • 2 al-Muzaffar mosque. Mudhaffar Mosque (Q6931751) on Wikidata Mudhaffar Mosque on Wikipedia
  • 3 Ashrafiya mosque. Has some features dating to the 6th century AH. Ashrafiya Mosque (Q12204203) on Wikidata Ashrafiya Mosque on Wikipedia
  • National Museum, 26th September Str. Sa-Th 08:00-13:00. The palace of Imam Ahmed with a large collection of gifts and purchases from Europe YER500.



Ta'izz city view




There are some reasonable simple hotels in the town centre. The best and most expensive is the Al Saeed.


Mussaffar Mosque

Go next[edit]

  • Al Mokha is in the Tihama about 100 km south-west of Tai'zz. Al Mokha was the center of export of Yemeni coffee.
  • Al Turbah is 70 km south of Tai'zz on a mountain about 2.2 km above sea level. It offers splendid views on the south-western foothills of the mountains towards Aden.
  • Ibb is at the foot of Mount Ba'dan.
  • Jibla is 10 km south of Ibb. The city has many Islamic monuments, the most famous being the Al-Sayyida Arwa Mosque.
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