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
flagPakistan
12%
0%
75%
12%
16
flagGermany
5%
3%
72%
18%
87
flagNorway
9%
0%
72%
13%
22
flagAustralia
11%
6%
71%
7%
114
flagthe United Arab Emirates
11%
6%
68%
13%
45
flagItaly
8%
0%
68%
24%
25
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
5%
63%
21%
19
flagIndia
9%
9%
62%
12%
243
flagthe United States
12%
7%
61%
15%
326
flagPoland
10%
5%
61%
22%
6500
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
5%
60%
19%
256
flagSweden
8%
0%
58%
33%
12
flagSouth Africa
33%
0%
58%
8%
12
flagMalaysia
10%
15%
57%
10%
19
flagCanada
12%
12%
56%
18%
16
flagthe Netherlands
16%
2%
55%
25%
36
flagUnknown
10%
7%
49%
30%
352
flagthe Philippines
3%
18%
48%
18%
27

Gender

men54%
women58%
for religious reasons
10%
8%
for prestige
5%
4%
for defense
54%
58%
to save on the land price
28%
27%

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