20 Man-made Mud structures around the World

Mud is generally a very neglected thing and in our wild­est of imaginations we cannot think of an attraction made of mud. Although many people around the world still live in houses made of mud, for most others it is dif­ficult even to imagine living in one. But that does not make mud unattractive. It has been used as the main construction material in many parts of the world since time immemorial. And once you read this snapshot that lists 20 of the most amazing man-made mud structures of the world, we are sure your opinion is going to change. Architects generally opine that mud structures are not only durable, lasting some thousand years as you will see here, they can also be amazingly beautiful and each of the entries in this list compiled by Touriosity deserves to be in the bucket list of our esteemed readers for years to come.

1. Arg-e-Bam, Bam, Kerman Province, Iran

The Arg-e Bam is often regarded as the largest adobe citadel in the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This citadel is believed to date back to 6th to 4th centuries BC when the Achaemenid Empire ruled over the region. It is located in southeastern Iran, in the Kerman Province.

Bam was a prosperous trading center being on the crossroads of the ancient Silk Route. It was known for production of silk and cotton for trade. It largely flour­ished during the Sassanian period (224-637 AD).

The citadel of Bam was constructed entirely of bricks made of a combination of clay soil and palm tree trunks. The citadel is spread over an area of 6 sq km. It has thick walls and 38 watchtowers for protection against invasion. There is a series of underground water canals, supporting about 12,000 people who lived here.

During the devastating earthquake of 2003, more than