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Old Walled City of Shibam

Date of Inscription1982
CategoryCultural Sites

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise out of the cliff and have given the city the nickname of ‘the Manhattan of the desert’.

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Capital: Sanaa
Currency: Yemeni rial (YER)
Language: Arabic
Time Zone: UTC+3

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