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Siege of a city, medieval miniature

The 1453 Siege of Constantinople (painted 1499)

A siege is a prolonged military assault and blockade on a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition. What follows is a chronological list of sieges.

Military siegesEdit



Early modernEdit


Monks successfully defended the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra against the Poles from September 1609 to January 1611.

Inname van Godesberg - Capture and destruction of Godesburg in 1583 (Frans Hogenberg)

During the Cologne War (1583–1589), Ferdinand of Bavaria successfully besieged the medieval fortress of Godesberg; during a month-long siege, his sappers dug tunnels under the feldspar of the mountain and laid gunpowder and a 1500 pound bomb. The result was a spectacular explosion that sent chunks of the ramparts, the walls, the gates, and drawbridges into the air. His 500 men still could not take the fortress until they scaled the interior latrine system and climbed the mountain to enter through a hole in the chapel roof.


Batteries at the Siege of Québec (1690).

The Siege and Relief of Gibraltar (2)

The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782


Siege of Peking, Boxer Rebellion

American soldiers scale the walls of Beijing to relieve the Siege of the Legations, August 1900

Police siegesEdit

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