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
9%
0%
72%
13%
22
flagAustralia
11%
6%
71%
7%
114
flagGermany
5%
4%
70%
19%
89
flagPakistan
17%
0%
70%
11%
17
flagthe United Arab Emirates
10%
6%
69%
13%
46
flagItaly
8%
0%
68%
24%
25
flagIndia
8%
9%
63%
12%
247
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
5%
63%
21%
19
flagPoland
10%
5%
61%
22%
6802
flagthe United States
12%
7%
61%
14%
331
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
5%
61%
19%
262
flagSweden
6%
0%
60%
33%
15
flagthe Netherlands
15%
2%
56%
25%
39
flagMalaysia
10%
20%
55%
10%
20
flagCanada
11%
11%
52%
17%
17
flagUnknown
10%
8%
49%
30%
358
flagDenmark
15%
15%
46%
23%
13
flagthe Philippines
9%
18%
43%
18%
32

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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