List of sieges

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15th-century illustration of the siege of a city

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 sieges[edit]

Ancient[edit]

The Burning of Troy (1759/62), oil painting by Johann Georg Trautmann
Masada fortress

Medieval[edit]

Siege of Paris (885-886)
Counquest of Jerusalem (1099)
Siege of Constantinople (1204)
Siege of Calais (1346-1347)

Early modern[edit]

Monks successfully defended the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra against the Poles from September 1609 to January 1611.
Siege of Granada (1492)
Attack on Tripoli by the Ottomans (1551)
During the Cologne War (1583–89), 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.
Spanish troops storming the city of Maastricht, 1579
Castle of Araya sieged by the Dutch fleet in 1622 and 1623
Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of La Rochelle (1627-1628
Batteries at the Siege of Québec (1690).
Spanish grenadiers pour into Fort George (Pensacola, Florida) (1781)

Modern[edit]

Siege of Gdańsk by French forces in 1807
Assault on the walls of Zaragoza by January Suchodolski
Siege of Kars, 1839
A barricade on Rue Voltaire, after its capture by the regular army during the Bloody Week of Commune of Paris (1871)
American soldiers scale the walls of Beijing to relieve the Siege of the Legations, August 1900
Bombardment of Castle San Carlos, Venezuela, January 17, 1903
American ships at Veracruz (1914).
Bombardment of Dubrovnik's Old Town, 1991

Police sieges[edit]

References[edit]

1.^ The Battle of Khe Sanh was not technically a siege since the defending forces were being resupplied and reinforced.