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
4%
0%
76%
14%
21
flagGermany
6%
2%
75%
16%
80
flagPakistan
12%
0%
75%
12%
16
flagAustralia
11%
6%
71%
7%
113
flagIndia
7%
9%
64%
13%
225
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
5%
63%
21%
19
flagthe United Arab Emirates
13%
8%
62%
16%
37
flagPoland
10%
5%
61%
22%
5785
flagthe United States
12%
7%
61%
14%
321
flagthe United Kingdom
11%
6%
61%
19%
232
flagItaly
8%
0%
65%
26%
23
flagSouth Africa
33%
0%
58%
8%
12
flagSweden
8%
0%
58%
33%
12
flagCanada
12%
12%
56%
18%
16
flagMalaysia
11%
17%
52%
11%
17
flagthe Netherlands
18%
3%
50%
28%
32
flagthe Philippines
3%
15%
50%
19%
26
flagUnknown
11%
8%
49%
29%
310

Gender

men55%
women58%
for religious reasons
11%
9%
for prestige
5%
4%
for defense
55%
58%
to save on the land price
28%
27%

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