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Introducing Shibam

Not to be confused with the town of the same name in eastern Yemen, this ancient village lies 2300m above sea level, at the foot of Jebel Kawkaban (2800m). Shibam is an ancient settlement and during the 1st century AD it even served as capital of a small, and short-lived, state. It served as the capital again for the local Yafurid dynasty in the 9th century, when its grand mosque – one of the oldest in Yemen – was built.

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