Walled towns

I have always enjoyed enjoyed walled towns. There is nothing finer than walking the complete circuit of walls around a town like Lucca. This page prsents an evolving list of walled towns with links to those described in my blog. The principal source for the list below is a very interesting paper by David Bruce and Oliver Creighton of Exeter University entitled "Contested identities: The dissonant heritage of European town walls and walled towns", available here. I have added various others from my experience and research. I haven't resolved the definitional question: how much remaining wall does a town have to have to be regarded as a walled town? Southampton is probably the most marginal entry in this list.

I would welcome additional suggestions.


Aigues Mortes 1.65m
Avila 2.5m
Baku (Azerbaijan)
Berwick upon Tweed
Bourtange (Netherlands)
Bruges
Butrint (Albania)
Caernarfon
Carcassonne 1.65m
Cartagena
Chester
Chichester
Colchester
Conwy 1.3m
Cuenca (Spain)
Derry 1.3m
Domme
Drogheda
Dubrovnik
Elvas (Portugal)
Gallipoli (Italy) [sea wall]
Girona
’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands)
Heusden (Netherlands)
Ibiza
Jerusalem
Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad
Le Mans
Le Quesnoy (France)
Lugo (Spain) 2.1m
Mdina (Malta)
Montlouis (France)
Naarden (Netherlands)
Nuremberg
Piran/Pirano (Slovenia)
Rhodes
Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber (Bavaria, Germany)
Salzburg
St Malo
Telč (Czech)
Toledo
Torun (Poland)
Valetta
Verona
Visby (Gotland, Sweden)
Xi’an
York
Zadar (Croatia)

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