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
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flagGermany
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flagPakistan
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flagAustralia
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flagSweden
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flagNorway
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flagIndia
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flagItaly
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flagthe United States
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flagPoland
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flagSouth Africa
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flagthe United Kingdom
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flagCanada
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flagRepublic of Ireland
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flagthe United Arab Emirates
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flagthe Philippines
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flagMalaysia
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women60%
for religious reasons
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for prestige
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4%
for defense
58%
61%
to save on the land price
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25%

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