Shibam - ancient precursor to Manhattan

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam in Yemen is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise out of the cliff and have given the city the nickname of ‘the Manhattan of the desert’.
The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick, and about 500 of them are tower blocks, which rise 5 to 11 storeys high, with each floor having one or two rooms. This architectural style was used in order to protect residents from Bedouin attacks. While Shibam has been in existence for an estimated 1,700 years, most of the city's houses originate from the 16th century.

Old Walled City of Shibam - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

An incredible piece of engineering - a 16th-century city in Yemen ...

This Ancient Mud Skyscraper City is the 'Manhattan of the Desert'
The Oldest Skyscraper City | Shibam, Yemen - YouTube

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