A tower house is a particular type of stone structure, built for defensive purposes as well as habitation.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Ancient Kingdom of Saba On top of the tell are the remains of a cluster of traditional Yemeni tower houses (AB ev)
Benedictine Convent of St. John the oldest towerhouse in the Alps (from the 10th century)
Berat and Gjirokastra Typical houses consist of a tall stone block structure which can be up to five stories high (kule at Gjirokastra)
Historic Jeddah "Jeddah’s Roshan tower houses are an outstanding example of a typology of buildings unique within the Arab and Moslem world." (Crit iv)
Kaiping Diaolou
Koutammakou Takienta tower houses
Mesa Verde Square Tower House
Regensburg Ca. 40 patrician houses
Rila Monastery Hrelyo's Tower, built in 1334-5 by protosebastos Hrelja in the courtyard of the Rila Monastery, is a pre-Ottoman example of an autonomous tower that served residential as well as defensive purposes (wiki)
San Gimignano
Siena "In addition to the walls, the property includes many other important original elements such as (...) the residences including palaces and towerhouses." (Official description)
Um er-Rasas stylites
Upper Svaneti


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