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Cathedral of Abraha, Yemen

The site of the Cathedral of Abraha
The site of the Cathedral of Abraha

This walled enclosure in San’a, Yemen is where Abraha al-Ashra built an imposing cathedral. Abraha was a Christian ruler of Yemen who wanted to divert Arab pilgrimage from the Ka’bah to his cathedral. He set out with an army (which included elephants) to destroy the Ka’bah but was struck down on the outskirts of Makkah by a hail of stones carried by birds. The story is mentioned in Surah Feel in the Quran.

  • The church was known as al-Qullays
The Cathedral site from ground level
The Cathedral site from ground level – Photo: Daruliftaa.com