Bastion of Vilnius

In the first half of the 17th century, a need to reinforce town’s defensive measures, a bastion was built in the wall next to Subačiaus Gate. It was a defensive structure consisting of a tower, a horseshoe-shaped part meant for the artillery, and a connecting tunnel.

The bastion suffered greatly in 1655–1661 during the war with Russia. Although it was rebuilt, the bastion gradually lost its function and fell into decay. As a result, in the late 18th century, the bastion territory was turned into a city dump, its moats and walls were covered with earth. 

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