List of sieges

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.

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Military sieges



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

Early modern

Monks successfully defended the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra against the Poles from September 1609 to January 1611.
Siege of Granada 91492)
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.
Batteries at the Siege of Québec (1690).


American soldiers scale the walls of Beijing to relieve the Siege of the Legations, August 1900
American ships at Veracruz.

Police sieges


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