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Tian'anmen Square

Stubs of the original walls that surrounded the Inner City can still be seen on Zhengyangmen 正阳门 (Zhèngyángmén). Double walls at points of attack allowed the defenders to trap attackers between the walls and fire down upon them. The wooden construction made it vulnerable to fire which is probably one of the reasons that the stone archery towers were added to protect the entrances to the city.

William Henry Jackson, 1895 - Library of Congress World's Transportation Commission collection. Entering a palace gate.

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