The Walled City of Shibam

The walled city of Shibam is in Yemen. Known to have been inhabited since the third century CE, it is also known as the “Manhattan of the Desert”. It was the capital of the Hadhramaut empire.
The buildings seen today date from the 16th century, built out of unbaked mud bricks. There had been a flood in the 16th century and the city had been extensively rebuilt. Around 500 buildings are tower high-risers, from five to eleven floors. This was done to help defend the city from Bedouin attacks.
This YouTube clip was done by UNESCO, as the walled city is on their heritage list. It has a tour through the city.

Contested Townscapes: The Walled City as World Heritage by Oliver Creighton.

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