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Outstanding ancient fortifications

Hadrian's Wall - ancient fortification in United Kingdom
Hadrian's Wall, United Kingdom / A.Cuerden, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Below are listed some ancient fortifications (e.g. made by vanished cultures of more than 1000 years ago), which represent outstanding monuments of ancient military technologies:


  • Hadrian's Wall - United Kingdom, stone and turf wall across England. Total length 117 km. Construction started in 122 AD by Romans
  • Great Wall of China - China, largest series of fortification in world with a total length 8900 km. Built in the 5th century BC - 16th century AD by Chinese
  • Sungbo's Eredo - Nigeria, 160 km long ring-wall enclosing ancient land of Sungbo. Built sometimes around 1000 AD by local culture
  • Great Wall of Gorgan - Iran, 195 km long brick wall near Caspian Sea. Built in the 5th - 6th century AD by Persians
  • Limes Germanicus - Germany, Netherlands, simple earthern ramparts with a system of buildings. Total length 600 km. Built in 83 - 260 AD by Romans

Walled areas

  • Walls of Jericho - West Bank (Palestine), oldest known large scale city walls built in 7000 - 8000 BC.
  • Aurelian walls - Italy, Rome, up to 16 metres high walls stretching for 16 kilometres around Rome, built in 271 - 275 AD.
  • Chittorgarh Fort - India, Rajasthan. 13 km long walls in dramatic setting, enclosing an area of 280 ha. Built in the 7th century AD.
  • Lugo walls - Spain, Galicia. The only intact system of Roman built city walls in Europe, 10 - 15 meters high and 2,1 km long. Built in the 3rd century AD.


Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka / B.Gagnon, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-3.0
  • Sigiriya - Sri Lanka, Central Province. One of the most interesting monuments of urban planning worldwide. Sigirya was developed around and on the top of nearly 200 m high rock peak. The construction took place in 477 - 495 AD. Later, until the 13th or 14th century this city was used for Buddhist monastery. This complex includes several unique monuments - including a giant lion whose mouth serves as the entrance to rock fortress and beautiful frescoes - a masterpiece of world importance.
  • Masada (Massada) - Israel, South. Dramatic fortress/ refuge on top of table mountain, built in 37 - 31 BC, taken by Romans simultaneously with mass suicide of 960 defenders in 73 AD.
  • Por-Bazhyn - Russia, Tyva Republic. Prehistoric quadrangular fortress built on an island in the Tere-Hol lake, built by Uighurs.

List of described fortifications

Here are listed fortifications described in this website. Click on headings to sort the table!

4 Sungbo's Eredo Nigeria around 1000 AD
59 Ankai-Tankai hill forts India ?
63 Gorakhgad hill fort India ?
193 Nusa Roviana hillfort and shrines Solomon Islands around 1350 AD
269 Morongo Uta French Polynesia around 1450 - 1550 AD
323 Østerlars Church, Bornholm Denmark, Bornholm around 1160 AD
458 Mahasthangarh Bangladesh, Rajshahi the 3rd century BC?
488 Masada Israel, South the 1st century BC
550 Sveti Stefan Montenegro, Budva ˜ 1442

Map of described fortifications

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