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    Hi all,
    I've got a city I'd like to map that's basically an enormous castle - walls running everywhere, with parts of the city above, within, and around the walls. I need a few example maps of how this might be depicted. Can anyone point me towards any example of maps showing something similar?

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    is a Gormenghast-type thing, or is it Gormenghast? I would wholeheartedly vote for the latter!

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    I can't really think of any examples. I suppose it is just a more elaborate fortified town in a way. I imagine it'd be a concentric castle type affair with many rings of defence, many enclosed courtyards (full of buildings) and towers everywhere.

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    I agree with Larb's comment. For examples of that kind of thing, perhaps your best bet is to look at Asia - China's Forbidden City, Japan's Himeji Castle, and/or India's Red Fort. I read Gormenghast years ago, and I think of it being more chaotic (and European) than those examples, but hopefully they'll be helpful anyway.

    Also, this link (if it works) is a Google Image result for 'Topkapi Palace': http://www.bestourism.com/img/items/...alace_3357.jpg

    Seems to fit Larb's description. Nice idea, by the way, Rob.

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    This wikipedia entry seems to equate Gormenghast castle to other types of structures - Gormenghast (castle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I think it will be very involved and difficult for people to understand to produce such a mutli layered environment such as that.
    There aren't many real structures that even come close to the Gormenghast craziness.

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    If you could make a map out of one of Ian Miller's cities you might come close. Actually he may have done one of Gormenghast castle now that I think it. (... trip to google...) Sure, there we go.

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    I think one of the problems with mapping a fortified city that is so clustered and compacted is that almost all you would see is a sea of roofs.
    Nice find Meshon. He does some incredible castles.

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    Thank you*informed me.
    Last edited by Hydeyulse; 11-11-2014 at 03:59 PM.

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    Maybe have a look at old Vienna City-maps where you have some zones with walls. Just add a few castles...
    John Stockdale - City Maps - 1800 - Anthrocivitas

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