THROAT CUTTER WALL SMASHER
Some pics which we snapped a few years ago of a large bombard, sitting outside the wall of the “Throatcutter” castle (RumeliHisari), a few miles from Istanbul-Constantinople, overlooking the Bosphorus. This castle was built by the Turks in order to control the Bosphorus waterway, just before they besieged Constantinople in 1453.
The cannon was clearly placed in this current position just for display.
Could this have been the one which breached the Theodosian walls in 1453? It seems to be an appropriate size and style.
This could well be the original Orban cannon.
Updated Notes :
The Orban cannon was recorded 8.2 metres (27 feet) long, so the one in the photos cannot be it, unless the recorded figures are exaggerated. Orban did cast additional smaller cannons for Mehmet 2 for the seige.
The biggest Orban cannon at the seige was named “Basilica”. It fired stone balls weighing 272kg (600lbs) over 1.6km (1 mile). Reload took 3 hours. The stone balls were in short supply. Not surprising, considering the labour which must have been involved in making them.
Orban is thought to have been Hungarian or possibly German.