Walls And Gateways Of Zanana Enclosure

Walls And Gateways Of Zanana Enclosure

BRIEF HISTORY:The Zanana enclosure is located towards the northern most extreme end of citadel and nestles almost on the foot of a low hillock. The cyclopean walls are built out of massive dressed stone blocks placed one above the other with tile core filling of rubble and earth. Interestingly, the size of stone are reduced when the required height is achieved and both the inner and outer wall & converge together to offer a steep inclination resisting any scaling. The traces of plaster indicate once plastered and coloured walls.

On an average these walls have a height of 6 m and thus built enclosure walls of the Zanana enclosure have a rough contour of irregular pentagon in east-west orientation enclosing roughly a 150 sq m area. Interestingly, the Zanana enclosure does not have prominent gate ways or entrances. However, four entrances which could be termed as sham entrances from the point of view of security are provided in which three entrances are located on the northern side east-west running wall and one entrance at east in north-south running wall of the Zanana enclosures. The Zanana enclosure is provided with three watch towers on the north, north-east and south-east.