very name. However, the reality of the Bastille was far less cruelthan other such medieval prisons of the time.
Yedikule Hisari (Seven Towers Dungeon), Istanbul
A seven-towered fortress, itwas initially built to protect
the kingdom‟s treasury. But
when the treasury wasrelocated, it began to be usedas dungeons forincarceration. The place of imprisonment of many foreignambassadors andOttomanstatesman, as well as a place of executionfor some, the fortress was last used as a prison in 1831.
Beggars and vagrants would be providedwith compulsory employment.
In a bridewell in Holland, there were 9 rooms housing 4-12prisoners each. A room being 5.2m x 3.2m, larger ones were8.5m x 5.0m, and 2.4m in height. They had cement floors,boarded walls and a toilet bucket. Windows had only irongrills and no glazing. There was no provision for heatingrooms in winter. Other chambers were used for school,church, dining, administration and punishment.
The idea of segregation of men and women in prison camefrom the Dutch in 1593.
Country Gaols and Bridewells in England
Gaols were for safe custody of debtors and others awaitingtrial or sentence.
Bridewells had small rooms, no chimneys, glass shutters,court, water or employment. They were discontinued in the18
Women‟s wards were unusual in gaols.
Buildings were usually two or three storied structuresarranged in a haphazard way to enclose one or more courts,which were used for exercise.
Often these were never designed to house prisoners in thefirst place and many rooms and buildings quickly developed