Thursday, May 16, 2013

Old Walled City of Shibam

Shibam is an ancient city in Yemen and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture of the city is primarily unfired clay and was built in the 16t century as an important trade center for spices and incense along routes in the southern Arabian peninsula. Sometimes referred to as the Manhattan of the Desert, buildings may only top out at seven stories but are a tribute to the construction skills and urban planning of the local people. While the city exists in a flood zone and was built to place previous establishments, the lasting structures from the 16th century were built on a small hill that allows them to escape seasonal floods.

Learn more about this place at the UNESCO site.

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