Tower 8 is adjacent to the Main Gate and was used predominantly for defensive purposes. It architecturally belongs to the Lower Compound of the Outer Fort, built at a later date. During the Ottoman rule, at the time of intensified use of firearms, it was reinforced with battlements, as were the other towers in the Outer Fort, and adjusted to the new form of warfare.
As it was the first to come under attack and completely exposed to wartime destruction, it bears visible traces of numerous building repairs done over the years, in particular in the highest levels of the tower. The two bottom storeys of tower 8 are enclosed and some point presumably served as armoury and food storage.
Zone: Green zone | Level of accessibility: easy
Content: Exhibition area