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September 7, 2018

Saved by the bell (catapult rock version)

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Once upon a time during the 13th century, the Gotland (now Sweden) town of Visby, mostly merchants and craftspeople, decided to tax those country folk, mostly farmers and fisherman, who lived outside the city walls.

A civil war broke out, culminating in the intervention of Swedish King Magnus III.

A single remnant of that war remains: a large stone, launched by peasants from a mangonel, wedged into the one of the wall's Sankt Göransporten (Saint George Gate) arrow slits (above and below).

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Imagine yourself watching transfixed from within, holding your bow, as that stone made its way up and toward you.

Like I said: "Saved by the bell."

One inch smaller and the future would have been very different, at least for one person.

The stone remains, in the firing window on the fourth floor of the medieval wall's tower.

[via Atlas Obscura

September 7, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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