The Old City: The Walls

The walls of the Old City have all but vanished, their massive stones quarried away as building materials or incorporated into the foundations of newer structures. Occasionally it is possible to identify a cellar wall, part of a crypt, a culvert or cistern which is made of the particular stone – a flint not native to the province – or which bears the characteristic masonry of the old walls. These, however, are greatly outnumbered by the cellar taverns, private houses, temples and garrisons which claim that a wall, a cobbled yard or a certain curiously shaped arch are part of the Old City’s walls. It has been estimated that if all these claims were true, the walls of the Old City would be long enough to wind twice around the walls of the New City.

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