Sally Port

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A sally port, also called a postern gate, was a small side or back gate that allowed occupants of a castle to come and go without detection. It was often small and hidden. Having the postern gate allowed defenders to send messenger out to allies for help, or to let out raiding parties without lowering the drawbridge and raising the portcullis, which would instantly alert their enemy. The city of Constantinople finally fell to the Turks in 1453 when a raiding party left one of the postern gates open.

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