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2014 Bystrzyca Kłodzka, mury obronne 05.jpg
A citywall is a fortification used to defend a city. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: historic
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Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

A citywall is a fortification used to defend a city or settlement from potential aggressors. In ancient to modern times, they were used to enclose settlements. Note that barrier=city_wall also exists.

Walls that are still standing and in good shape probably qualify for both barrier=city_wall and historic=citywalls, in that case historic=* is obvious as all city walls are nowadays historic.

Note that existing city walls that are ruined, maybe with only foundations remaining may no longer qualify as barrier=city_wall but are still historic=citywalls.

How to map

Draw a way way along the citywall.


Citywall Prenzlau
Photo Tags OSM Carto Historical map
Prenzlau. Stadtmauer und Blindower Torturm. - geograph.org.uk - 8981.jpg historic=citywalls
Prenzlau Karte.png
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External links

Defensive_wall on Wikipedia