Battles The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time  

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These are the most epic sieges in history, ranked by history buffs worldwide. Anyone can vote on this list of sieges, making it a collaborative list. So what do you think are the greatest sieges of all time? Make sure to add your own battles to these rankings if you see anything missing. Some of these famous battles are thousands of years old, but still remembered ... not for glory, but for the story they tell of humanities' epic struggles against itself.
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402 96
Sieges of Constantinople is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

2
359 114
Siege of Leningrad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Saint Petersburg, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

3
216 88
Siege of Vienna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Vienna, Holy Roman Empire

4
133 85
Siege of Tyre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Phoenicia, Tyre

5
147 87
Siege of Sparta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

6
253 121
Battle of the Alamo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
San Antonio

7
197 87
Siege of Malta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

8
102 15
Siege of Troy (Trojan War) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
qbar added Siege of Troy (Trojan War)

9 year siege of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks). 

The war is one of the most important events in Greek mythology and has been narrated through many works of Greek literature, most notably through Homer's Iliad. The Iliad relates a part of the last year of the siege of Troy; the Odyssey describes the journey home of Odysseus, one of the war's heroes. Other parts of the war are described in a cycle of epic poems, which have survived through fragments. Episodes from the war provided material for Greek tragedy and other works of Greek literature, and for Roman poets including Virgil and Ovid.

The war originated from a quarrel between the goddesses Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite, after Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, gave them a golden apple, sometimes known as the Apple of Discord, marked "for the fairest". Zeus sent the goddesses to Paris, who judged that Aphrodite, as the "fairest", should receive the apple. In exchange, Aphrodite made Helen, the most beautiful of all women and wife of Menelaus, fall in love with Paris, who took her to Troy. Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and the brother of Helen's husband Menelaus, led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris' insult. After the deaths of many heroes, including the Achaeans Achilles and Ajax, and the Trojans Hector and Paris, the city fell to the ruse of the Trojan Horse. The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans (except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves) and desecrated the temples, thus earning the gods' wrath. Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes and many founded colonies in distant shores. The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern-day Italy.

The ancient Greeks treated the Trojan War as an historical event which had taken place in the 13th or 12th century BC, and believed that Troy was located in modern-day Turkey near the Dardanelles. As of the mid-19th century, both the war and the city were widely believed to be non-historical. In 1868, however, the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann met Frank Calvert, who convinced Schliemann that Troy was at Hissarlik and Schliemann took over Calvert's excavations on property belonging to Calvert; this claim is now accepted by most scholars. Whether there is any historical reality behind the Trojan War is an open question. Many scholars believe that there is a historical core to the tale, though this may simply mean that the Homeric stories are a fusion of various tales of sieges and expeditions by Mycenaean Greeks during the Bronze Age. Those who believe that the stories of the Trojan War are derived from a specific historical conflict usually date it to the 12th or 11th centuries BC, often preferring the dates given by Eratosthenes, 1194–1184 BC, which roughly corresponds with archaeological evidence of a catastrophic burning of Troy VII.

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207 102
Masada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

10
150 74
Battle of Alesia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

11
174 84
Siege of Yorktown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

12
86 57
Great Siege of Gibraltar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

13
84 12
Siege of Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
gary-ray added Siege of Stalingrad

14
86 16
Siege of Kőszeg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Polar Bear added Siege of Kőszeg

In 1532, the Croatian hero Nikola Jurišić successfully defended the small Hungarian town Kőszeg with only 750 men against a Turkish army of over 100.000 soldiers.

15
177 67
SEIGE of KHE SANH is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
RobertMcLane added SEIGE of KHE SANH 5,000 MARINES & SPECIAL FORCES SURROUNDED BY 40,000 NORTH VIETNAMESE REGULAR TROOPS, SOMETIMES OVER A THOUSAND INCOMING LONG RANGE ARTILLERY SHELLS IN ONE DAY. SEMPER FI.


16
108 55
Sack of Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Jerusalem

17
75 16
Battle of Penfui is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Polar Bear added Battle of Penfui

Great victory of the Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie against the Portuguese in 1749. The Portuguese led an army of 50.000 Topasses, Timores and Portuguese against a handful Dutch, who were allied with only some hundred natives. The Dutch defended their fortress and with their very small army of allied natives they began an counter-attack and defeated the dozen times bigger army of the Portuguese and their allies. That epic battle turned the tide in the struggle for Timor in favor of the Dutch.

18
139 53
Battle of Dien Bien Phu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
sebbzor added Dien Bien Phu

19
98 74
Fall of Tenochtitlan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Mexico City, Tenochtitlan

20
71 14
Siege of Eger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Polar Bear added Eger -

In 1552, the Hungarian hero István Dobó defend the small Hungarian town Eger with only 2.100 (among them were women and children) against an overwhelming Ottoman army of 150.000 men.

21
88 69
Siege of Acre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

22
86 64
Siege of Antioch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

23
76 41
Siege of Tobruk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
sebbzor added Tobruk, Italian Libya

24
51 32
Siege of Szigetvár is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
mrlaszlovoros added Baranya, Kingdom of Hungary, Szigetvár

25
40 13
Siege of Vicksburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
slaft added Warren County

26
67 58
Siege of Boston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

27
54 65
Siege of Calais is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
France, Calais

28
65 47
Siege of Antwerp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

29
46 59
Siege of Breda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

30
35 64
Siege of Leiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Holland, Leiden

31
31 11
Siege of Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
slaft added Petersburg

32
55 62
Siege of Damascus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

33
44 50
Siege of Belgrade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Belgrade, Kingdom of Hungary

34
38 60
Battle of Xiangyang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

35
56 55
Siege of Sarajevo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
mido added Sarajevo

36
41 59
First Siege of Zaragoza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

37
39 50
Siege of Galway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

38
41 54
Siege of Jaffa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

39
37 56
Siege of Cádiz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

40
42 55
Siege of Madrid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

41
39 64
Battle of Beijing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

42
33 59
Siege of Ostend is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

43
34 49
Siege of Numantia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Numantia, Iberian Peninsula

44
31 57
Siege of Dapur is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

45
36 51
Siege of Delhi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

46
32 49
Siege of Bangkok is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

47
22 32
Siege of Chittorgarh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Yahya added Agra

48
12 4
Siege of Bastogne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Jim_In_Texas added Bastogne

49
9 2
Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
OfficialZqta added Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg