7. Walls of Babylon
The walls, which once included the ancient Ishtar Gate, were one of the original Wonders of the World. The walls and the gate were made of blue glazed tiles, and had alternating rows of bas-relief aurochs and dragons. Saddam Hussein later started the wall’s restoration and new construction on the ruins.
6. Walls of Ston
The 3.5 mile wall linking the two towns of Ston and Mali Ston was built at the narrowest point of the peninsula, just before joining the mainland, as the second line of defence for the city of Dubrovnik, protecting the precious salt pans that were very important for the wealth of the city.
5. Hadrian’s Wall
The Romans constructed the wall to prevent the tribes of Scotland from entering their colony, Britannia. Built in the early 2nd century AD, It stretches from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, for 73 miles across north of England, and is the longest wall of Europe.
4. Walls of Troy
The archaeological site of Troy, which now contains several layers of ruins, is a place of historic importance, as the site of the Trojan War, and the Walls of Troy, built to protect the legendary Troy, have withstood the 10 years of siege of the city.
3. The Western Wall
With about half the wall, i.e. 17 courses below the street level, built in around 19 BC at the end of the Second Temple period, and the remaining layers added from 7th century onward, it is a holy Jewish religious site.
2. The Great Wall of China
Though it has been constructed, reconstructed and maintained between the 5th and the 16th century BC to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from the tribes of the north, the majority of what exists today was built in the Ming Dynasty as a series of fortifications, which with all its branches, stretches for a staggering length of 5500.3 m, and is the world’s largest man-made barrier.
1. Berlin Wall
The beautiful Berlin Wall in Germany is a modern construction, built at the peak of the Cold War in 1961. East Germany had it built in the middle of Berlin in a desperate effort to stop the East Berliners from escaping to the west of the city, and it proved to be an effective step. About 5000 people tried to escape the circumventing it, leading to several deaths.