We sauntered carelessly and unthinkingly to the edge of the lofty battlements of the citadel, and looked down--a vision
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.
A French officer, returning from the advanced detachment, rode up to Murat and reported that the gates of the citadel had been barricaded and that there was probably an ambuscade there.
Thiers alone dedicates a few eloquent lines to their memory: "These wretches had occupied the sacred citadel, having supplied themselves with guns from the arsenal, and fired" (the wretches) "at the French.
I had gazed upon the fortifications and impediments that seemed to keep human beings from entering the citadel
of nature, and rashly and ignorantly I had repined.
Consequently, the whole were soon assembled at the base of the citadel
, on the open plain.
The impression made upon the visitor by this Gibraltar of America: its giddy heights; its citadel
suspended, as it were, in the air; its picturesque steep streets and frowning gateways; and the splendid views which burst upon the eye at every turn: is at once unique and lasting.
The manoeuvres of half a dozen regiments were to be inspected by the eagle eye of the commander-in-chief; temporary fortifications had been erected, the citadel
was to be attacked and taken, and a mine was to be sprung.