When you hear about a place called "the Manhattan of the desert," you probably imagine a modern metropolis like Dubai. In fact, the city with this namesake is surprisingly ancient. The Walled City of Shibam in Yemen dates back to the 16th century, yet is made up of a tall cluster of mud-brick skyscrapers. It also holds the distinction of being the oldest metropolis in the world to use vertical construction.
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Written by Curiosity Staff April 24, 2017
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