Shibam, the 16th-century city in Yemen, consisted entirely of over 500 high-rise tower houses. Why were the houses built that way?

for religious reasons
for prestige
for defense
to save on the land price
The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and rise 5 to 11 stories high, with each floor having one or two rooms. This ar­chi­tec­tural style was used in order to protect res­i­dents from Bedouin attacks. Shibam is listed as UNSECO World Heritage Site.

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for religious reasons
for prestige
for defense
to save on the land price
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flagMorocco
0%
0%
83%
8%
12
flagFrance
5%
0%
80%
15%
20
flagNorway
5%
0%
77%
11%
18
flagGermany
6%
2%
75%
15%
73
flagPakistan
13%
0%
73%
13%
15
flagAustralia
10%
6%
72%
8%
112
flagIndia
7%
9%
64%
13%
223
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
5%
63%
21%
19
flagSweden
9%
0%
63%
27%
11
flagPoland
9%
5%
62%
21%
4655
flagthe United States
12%
7%
61%
15%
307
flagthe United Kingdom
11%
5%
61%
18%
217
flagUnknown
11%
11%
59%
16%
54
flagItaly
9%
0%
63%
27%
22
flagthe United Arab Emirates
17%
10%
58%
13%
29
flagthe Philippines
4%
17%
56%
17%
23
flagDenmark
18%
18%
54%
9%
11
flagCanada
13%
13%
53%
20%
15
flagMalaysia
11%
17%
52%
11%
17
flagthe Netherlands
17%
3%
51%
27%
29

Gender

men59%
women59%
for religious reasons
10%
8%
for prestige
4%
4%
for defense
59%
59%
to save on the land price
25%
27%

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