The Oldest Skyscraper In The World.


Shibam City in Yemen, the oldest skyscraper-city in the world. Shibam is a town in Hadramawt, Yemen with about 7,000 inhabitants. It has been the capital of the Hadramawt Kingdom for several periods of time.

Shibam owes its fame to its distinct architecture. The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud bricks, but still there are about 500 tower houses, rising 5 to 9 stories high. While Shibam has existed for around 2,000 years, most of the city’s houses come mainly from the 16th century. However, many were rebuilt over and over again during the last few centuries…


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