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Citadel

A fortress or castle in or near a city; a refuge in case of a siege, or a place to keep prisoners.

Citadel

 

the central, most heavily fortified part of a fortress; a fortress-type construction inside ancient cities. The citadel as a rule included the ruler’s palace, as well as administrative and religious buildings. Citadels were designed to suit the relief of the terrain and could be located along the fortress walls (Erkkalah in Merv), outside the city fortifications (Pendzhikent), or inside the city (Salah-al-Din in Cairo). Often the citadel was erected on a high man-made hill and dominated the city, for example, that of Aleppo.

citadel

A fortress or castle in or near a city, intended to keep the inhabitants in subjugation, or, in case of a siege, to supply a final refuge.
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We left the Parthenon to keep its watch over old Athens, as it had kept it for twenty-three hundred years, and went and stood outside the walls of the citadel.
Not to tire the reader, by leading him through every scene of this courtship (which, though in the opinion of a certain great author, it is the pleasantest scene of life to the actor, is, perhaps, as dull and tiresome as any whatever to the audience), the captain made his advances in form, the citadel was defended in form, and at length, in proper form, surrendered at discretion.
The Duke of Buckingham and his English, masters of the Isle of Re, continued to besiege, but without success, the citadel St.
Consequently, the whole were soon assembled at the base of the citadel, on the open plain.