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Shibam, the 16th-century city in Yemen, consisted entirely of over 500 high-rise tower houses. Why were the houses built that way? For defense! The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and rise 5 to 11 stories high, with each floor having one or two rooms. This architectural style was used in order to protect residents from Bedouin attacks. Shibam is listed as UNSECO World Heritage Site.

Shibam, the 16th-century city in Yemen, consisted entirely of over 500 high-rise tower houses. Why were the houses built that way? For defense! The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and rise 5 to 11 stories high, with each floor having one or two rooms. This architectural style was used in order to protect residents from Bedouin attacks. Shibam is listed as UNSECO World Heritage Site.

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Which European city has the largest number of skyscrapers? Moscow! In 2012, seven of the fifteen tallest skyscrapers in Europe were located in Moscow. There are also several high-rise buildings under construction there.

Which European city has the largest number of skyscrapers? Moscow! In 2012, seven of the fifteen tallest skyscrapers in Europe were located in Moscow. There are also several high-rise buildings under construction there.

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In which country practicing Buddhists constitute the largest part of population? In Thailand! It is estimated that 93% of population in Thailand and Cambodia are practicing Buddhists. There are also a lot of practicing Buddhists in Burma, Bhutan, Laos and Sri Lanka, while only 36% in Japan and 9% in Nepal.

In which country practicing Buddhists constitute the largest part of population? In Thailand! It is estimated that 93% of population in Thailand and Cambodia are practicing Buddhists. There are also a lot of practicing Buddhists in Burma, Bhutan, Laos and Sri Lanka, while only 36% in Japan and 9% in Nepal.

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This is Sable Island, known as the graveyard of the Atlantic. It is about 109 miles southeast of Nova Scotia. What is the island origin? Post-glacial! Sable Island is believed to have formed from a terminal moraine deposited on the continental shelf near the end of the last Ice Age.  It emerges from vast shoals and shallows which, in tandem with frequent fog and sudden storms, have caused over 350 recorded shipwrecks

This is Sable Island, known as the graveyard of the Atlantic. It is about 109 miles southeast of Nova Scotia. What is the island origin? Post-glacial! Sable Island is believed to have formed from a terminal moraine deposited on the continental shelf near the end of the last Ice Age. It emerges from vast shoals and shallows which, in tandem with frequent fog and sudden storms, have caused over 350 recorded shipwrecks

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Where is this Holocaust Memorial? In Berlin! The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a well known memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists 2,711 concrete blocks. Opened in 2005, this large memorial site (19,000 m2, 4.7-acre) is today one of the must-see places in Berlin. It is estimated that some 3.5 million visitors entered the memorial in the first year it was open, or about 10,000 every day.

Where is this Holocaust Memorial? In Berlin! The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a well known memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists 2,711 concrete blocks. Opened in 2005, this large memorial site (19,000 m2, 4.7-acre) is today one of the must-see places in Berlin. It is estimated that some 3.5 million visitors entered the memorial in the first year it was open, or about 10,000 every day.

Which country is the second (after China) most popular tourist destination in Asia? Malaysia! Malaysia is the tenth most popular tourist destination in the world. It is visited by 25 million tourists yearly.

Which country is the second (after China) most popular tourist destination in Asia? Malaysia! Malaysia is the tenth most popular tourist destination in the world. It is visited by 25 million tourists yearly.

Whose heads are lying in Mount Nemrut, a major tourist attraction in Turkey? Various Greek and Iranian gods! Mount Nemrut is a 2,134 m (7,001 ft) high mountain in southeastern Turkey. Near the summit, a number of large statues of Greek and Iranian gods are erected around the royal tomb, which King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built for himself in 62 BC. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.

Whose heads are lying in Mount Nemrut, a major tourist attraction in Turkey? Various Greek and Iranian gods! Mount Nemrut is a 2,134 m (7,001 ft) high mountain in southeastern Turkey. Near the summit, a number of large statues of Greek and Iranian gods are erected around the royal tomb, which King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built for himself in 62 BC. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.

Which country is the top tourist destination in the world? France! 83 million foreign tourists visited France in 2012. (USA: 67 million, China and Spain: 57 million, Italy: 46 million).

Which country is the top tourist destination in the world? France! 83 million foreign tourists visited France in 2012. (USA: 67 million, China and Spain: 57 million, Italy: 46 million).

In what country are the ruins of Carthage? Tunisia! The ruins of Carthage are just 15 km north of Tunis. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Tunisia.

In what country are the ruins of Carthage? Tunisia! The ruins of Carthage are just 15 km north of Tunis. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Tunisia.

What is the world's second tallest structure? (after Burj Khalifa in Dubai) Tokyo Skytree! Tokyo Skytree (pictured) reached its full height of 634.0 meters (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world.

What is the world's second tallest structure? (after Burj Khalifa in Dubai) Tokyo Skytree! Tokyo Skytree (pictured) reached its full height of 634.0 meters (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world.

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