A Guide to Zamość

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Historical buildings

Bastion No. 7

It i the most eastbound and the mightiest bastion from among the seven bastions of Zamość fortress.

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It i the most eastbound and the mightiest bastion from among the seven bastions of Zamość fortress. It is no accident that the fortress had a special reinforcement in the east; it was usually from this direction that the enemy came in this part of the Republic of Poland. Moreover, inclination of the land towards the fortress and lack of natural obstacles created favourable conditions for invaders.

Originally the bastion had protruding orillions and over 10-m wide flanks. After they were walled up huge casemates were formed on both sides of the bastion. Destroyed in 1866 during the liquidation of the fortress it was reconstructed in the 1970s and 1980s in its 19th century shape.

The original outline of Bastion No. 7 with its rounded orillion is best visible from the Old Lwowska Gate. Another elements which can be seen from the gate is a 19th century wall which by joining the orillion to the curtain wall formed a casemate in the flank of the bastion. Vertical openings in its wall are embrasures for firearms. Above the embrasures there is a cordon cornice, which was to prevent besieging troops from scaling the walls.

The landmark is included in audio guides

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