Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Citadel Defense Strategies

The entrance bridge and the corridors inside

The main doors were built to the right, making them harder to ram

The designers of the Citadel of Aleppo did everything to make the fortification impossible to invade. They used several ingenious defense strategies that made it one of the hardest forts to conquer in the region.

Built atop a 50 m high hill for its natural defense advantages, the Citadel features a deep moat encircling the hill and a ring of walls and towers atop the hill. A steep bridge leads across the moat from an entrance tower on the lower side to the entrance fortifications above.

As you approach the entrance, the main doors are on the right as you enter, which makes it more difficult to ram them.
Once inside, a complex of defense mode was developed in the sequence of movement into the Citadel, as perpetrators would have to penetrate five great iron-plated doors - each set at a corner of the passageway - could be closed to trap invaders, and change direction 6 times through a series of 90 degree abrupt turns under a hail of arrows, fire and boiling oil being poured through the slit openings on the upper floors.
Moreover, there is almost no light inside. There are only a few holes in the ceiling through which rays of sunlight shed some light in the darkness of the corridor.


Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

Who built it Rami?

June 22, 2005 6:49 PM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

Rami I visited when I was a kid, my parents were there for work..I like the snake above the door.

June 22, 2005 6:52 PM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

one last question..did you just observe the place andfind all these tricks in it, or did you ask someone

June 22, 2005 9:36 PM  
Blogger Rami said...

Check out this link for complete history of the citadel;

I got my info. from there and from my visits…

June 23, 2005 7:41 AM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

thanks man

June 23, 2005 11:32 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Rami, that is so clever of the builders to place the doors at right angles. They didn't do it in Europe (silly them) and I've never heard of it before.

There are also smart features in the fortress towers of the Great Wall of China.

June 23, 2005 2:26 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

New template you got there?
Interesting info on the citadel..It's really something special and rare!

June 23, 2005 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 23, 2005 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Fadi-Amman said...

I've been to Aleppo for the first time last Sunday.
I visited the's magnificant especially watching the view of the old city from up there.
I liked Aleppo it's a very interesting city..
I didn't have the chance to visit a lot of things there but I also visited the church of St.'s a very nice church merging the arts of east and west..I wish u can post some pictures for it.

June 23, 2005 9:54 PM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

That's a mission for you Rami :)

June 24, 2005 5:28 PM  
Blogger Rami said...

Glad you liked Aleppo Fadi...
I will try to post some photos of the church in the future (I really hope you have visited St.Simeon Church and the dead cities outside Aleppo... they are awesome!)

Steliano, good one...:)

June 24, 2005 5:55 PM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

I would love to see photos of St Simeon rami. pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaz

June 25, 2005 12:20 AM  
Blogger Stellar said...

Interesting new look, Rami. :D Love the photos and the great new info. Absolutly beautiful...

You removed my link? *sniff sniff* :(

June 25, 2005 4:21 PM  
Blogger Rami said...

Ooops!! Sorry...
I knew somone is missing :)

June 25, 2005 4:53 PM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

rami I started Van Leo's if you still want to know who he was..

June 26, 2005 12:37 AM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

thanks rami for the St Simeon pics

June 26, 2005 3:25 PM  
Blogger marco said...

nice pics and blog! congratulations!

bye from spain, marco.

June 27, 2005 1:51 AM  
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