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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flagFrance
5%
0%
83%
11%
18
flagMorocco
0%
0%
83%
8%
12
flagGermany
7%
2%
73%
15%
69
flagPakistan
13%
0%
73%
13%
15
flagAustralia
10%
6%
72%
8%
112
flagNorway
8%
0%
66%
16%
12
flagIndia
7%
8%
65%
12%
203
flagSweden
9%
0%
63%
27%
11
flagRepublic of Ireland
12%
6%
62%
18%
16
flagthe United States
11%
7%
61%
15%
293
flagPoland
9%
5%
60%
23%
3836
flagUnknown
7%
7%
60%
21%
28
flagItaly
5%
0%
65%
30%
20
flagSouth Africa
30%
0%
60%
10%
10
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
6%
58%
19%
188
flagthe United Arab Emirates
19%
4%
57%
19%
21
flagthe Philippines
4%
18%
54%
18%
22
flagCanada
13%
13%
53%
20%
15
flagMalaysia
11%
17%
52%
11%
17
flagthe Netherlands
20%
4%
45%
29%
24

Gender

men58%
women59%
for religious reasons
10%
8%
for prestige
4%
4%
for defense
58%
59%
to save on the land price
26%
26%

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