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The Defences of the Topkapi Palace

by Stephen Francis Wyley

Denise and I stayed in a hotel made up of houses running between the back wall of the Hagia Sophia and the land wall of the Topkapi Palace.

A small iron clad gate between two of the houses belonging to the hotel
On closer inspection the iron plates are a least 3mm thick and the rear of the portal has been block up.

A wall tower south of the main gate
Note the circular gun ports, one just below the parapet and the second a little over half way down the tower face. The crenels on the flanking walls have been filled in with red bricks. 

Two wall towers at the entrance to the Amusement Park
Note, the door which would have led to the wall walk. These towers are amongst the tallest wall towers of the complex.

The Defences of Constantinople

Sea walls

Yedikule and the Golden Gate

Theodosian Land walls

More Pictures of the Theodosian Land Walls

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 Site O is a group of people from around the world that share an interest in fortifications and artillery. Some are authors on the subject, some are connected with Universities and teach it and others are simply fascinated with it.

Other web pages on fortifications by the Author.

A Dictionary of Military Architecture
An Aerial View of Masada
Anglo-Saxon Burhs
Bibliography of Military Architecture
David's Tower, Jerusalem
Drawings of Aspects of Military Architecture
Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
More Pictures of the Theodosian Land Walls
Siege Warfare, The Art of Offence and Defence
Shiro, A Japanese Castle
The Walls of Ankara
The Defences of Constantinople
The Town Walls of Conwy
What is a Castle?

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