Perched on a green hilltop in Tuscany, San Gimignano was once crowned by 72 towers. Competing families built each higher than the last, until the city submitted to Florence and most were torn down. 14 towers remain in this #medievalmanhattan #tuscany
The patrician families who ran the central Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano in the 12th century built tower houses to flex their wealth and power 💰to visitors traveling to/from Rome on the Via Francigena. A few were intended for defense but most were simply status symbols. 14 of the original 72 remain. #medievalManhattan
Exploring Medieval Manhattan 🏰
Miss this place #MedievalManhattan #ManhattanOfTheDesert
#Shibam #Yemen #hadramout
Photograph by George Steinmetz Known as the Medieval Manhattan, #Shibam
,Yemen was once an important stop for camel caravans bringing frankincense from Oman to the Mediterranean. It remains one of the great masterpieces of Arabian architecture, with tower homes up to eight stories tall that are built entirely from mud and palm timbers.
San Gimignano is a walled city in Tuscany. Dubbed 'Medieval Manhattan' because of all its towers, only a few of which still stand. .
One of my favorite things to do, is just hang out on the main piazza, pictured here. For more ideas for what to do in San Gim read my post https://buff.ly/2AKgrI4