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Galería de 'Manhattan del desierto': Shibam, la antigua ciudad de rascacielos de Yemen - 4

'Manhattan del desierto': Shibam, la antigua ciudad de rascacielos de Yemen

Architecture houssa. Zinder. photo Georges Courreges

City of Shibam. Built in the 1500s, Shibam, Yemen, has been nicknamed "the Manhattan of the Desert" for the lessons it offers in vertical urban planning, only it's not built from steel but sun-dried mud brick.

Old Buildings in the Old City, Sana'a, Yemen by David, via Flickr. Surrounded by ancient clay walls which stand 30–46 ft high, the Old City contains more than 100 mosques, 12 hammams (baths) and 6,500 houses. Many of the houses resemble ancient skyscrapers, reaching several stories high and topped with flat roofs. They are decorated with elaborate friezes and intricately carved frames and stained-glass windows.