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Taiz is a city in southwestern Yemen. Once known as the cultural capital, it and its people have suffered greatly in what is now known as Yemen’s longest-running battlefield.


"My flight from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to Taiz in the south of North Yemen was with Yemeni Air, and as far as I could tell I was the only non-Yemeni on the plane. On our 'safe' landing, I was amused to hear the rest of the passengers give the pilot a loud applause. It was a fitting start to what was to be one of the most interesting trips I have yet made.

Too expensive for the hippie, and yet at that time not developed well enough for the jet set, meant there were few other visitors, and I soon got the feeling I was in a country in a wonderful world of it's own.

One of the main streets in the centre of Taiz. In the distance on the hill is the old fort. As it was still being used by the military and in a restricted area it meant unfortunately I was unable to visit this impressive looking fort." - MH

Taiz main street,1984

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints: Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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