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Shibam (often referred to as Shibam Hadhramaut) is a town in Yemen. It is the seat of the Shibam District in the Hadhramaut Governorate. It is famous for its mudbrick-made high-rise buildings. The first known inscription about the city… [Read more]

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Shibam (often referred to as Shibam Hadhramaut) is a town in Yemen. It is the seat of the Shibam District in the Hadhramaut Governorate. It is famous for its mudbrick-made high-rise buildings. The first known inscription about the city dates from the 3rd century. It was the capital of the Hadramawt Kingdom. Shibam, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its distinct architecture. The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and about 500 of them are tower blocks, which 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. While Shibam has been in existence for an estimated 1,700 years, most of the city’s houses originate from the 16th century. Many, though, have been rebuilt numerous times in the last few centuries. The city has some of the tallest mud buildings in the world, with some of them over 30 m high, thus being early high-rise apartment buildings. In order to protect the buildings from rain and erosion, the walls must be routinely maintained by applying fresh layers of mud.

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North Yemen (1)

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Coordinates: 16° 11′ 3″ N, 43° 42′ 7″ E

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Sana’a (1)
Sana’a (1)

Sana’a

Coordinates: 15° 21′ 18″ N, 44° 12′ 52″ E

Sana’a is the largest city in Yemen and the centre of Sana’a Governorate. The city is not part of the Governorate, but forms the separate administrative district of “Amanat Al-Asemah”. Under the Yemeni constitution, Sana’a is the… [Read more]

Taiz (2)
Taiz (2)

Taiz

Coordinates: 13° 34′ 10″ N, 44° 0′ 38″ E

Taiz (Arabic: Ta’izz‎‎) is a city in the Yemeni Highlands, near the famous Mocha (Moka or Mokka) port on the Red Sea, lying at an elevation of about 1,400 m above sea level. It is the capital of Taiz Governorate. It is the third largest… [Read more]

Thula (1)
Thula (1)

Thula

Coordinates: 15° 34′ 29″ N, 43° 54′ 5″ E

Dating to the Himyarite period, the town of Thula is very well preserved and includes traditional houses and mosques. Archaeological investigation discovered Sabaean period ruins with massive stone architecture beneath the Himyarite. [Read more]

Wadi Hadramout (1)
Wadi Hadramout (1)

Wadi Hadhramaut

Coordinates: 15° 29′ 15″ N, 48° 20′ 10″ E

Narrowly, Hadhramaut (Hadhramout, Hadramawt or Ḥaḍramūt) refers to the historical Qu’aiti and Kathiri sultanates, which were in the Aden Protectorate overseen by the British Resident at Aden until their abolition upon the independence… [Read more]

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