Illustrated Architecture Dictionary


A building or part of a building that is exceptionally high in proportion to its width and length

See also: Steeple .... Turret .... Spire ........ Campanile

 Crenelated tower / Crenelation
Battlement or crenelation: a parapet with alternating openings and raised sections (merlons or crenels), often used on castle walls and towers for defensive purposes,  The raised sections provided protections from opposing forces; the openings provided space for shooting an arrow through.

Used extensively by the English.

Illustration: Miller mansion

Synonym: battlement

A parapet at the top of a wall, especially of a fort or castle, that has regularly spaced square openings for shooting through

See also:  Christopher N. Brown, Buffalo Autumn Excursions: Nine European-Inspired Towers and Tales of Terror

Examples from Buffalo:

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