Ma’rib (مأرب) or Marib is the capital city of the Ma’rib Governorate, Yemen. The ruins of Old Ma’rib, which lies to the south of the modern city.
In ancient times Marib, 120 km from Sana’a in the Wadi Adhana region, was a major centre of the Sabaean empire, the oldest, most celebrated and powerful of the south Arabian kingdoms. Ultimately it became the capital of the kingdom, supplanting Sirwah, 35km to the west. This once was Marib. As many inscriptions tell us, great temples and palaces once graced the city.