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Shibam, Yemen. Considered to have the world’s oldest skyscrapers, some of these structures are 5 to 9 stories high.

Shibam, Yemen. Considered to have the world’s oldest skyscrapers, some of these structures are 5 to 9 stories high.

Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. Granted, not a great deal of skyscrapers here – none, to be precise – but there are loads of bridges. The one just being completed there in 1928 is the Tyne Bridge. That’s a good 9 years before the Golden Gate Bridge, incidentally.

Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. Granted, not a great deal of skyscrapers here – none, to be precise – but there are loads of bridges. The one just being completed there in 1928 is the Tyne Bridge. That’s a good 9 years before the Golden Gate Bridge, incidentally.

The world's first skyscrapers were made from clay over 500 years ago. Many of these long standing ancient relics are under fire.

The world's first skyscrapers were made from clay over 500 years ago. Many of these long standing ancient relics are under fire.

Old Walled City of Shibam- 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’.

Old Walled City of Shibam- 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’.

Yemeni street. I love how it's not perfectly straight. The whitewashing of the first floor makes a pleasing contrast to the natural stone. The feet of the buildings flare a little here and there, as if they grew in place rather than being built

Yemeni street. I love how it's not perfectly straight. The whitewashing of the first floor makes a pleasing contrast to the natural stone. The feet of the buildings flare a little here and there, as if they grew in place rather than being built

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