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On castles and fortifications in the middle ages, parapets were often extended out on corbels so that they projected beyond the wall and left an opening through which missiles could be launched at advancing assailants. Later this design was used as a decorative accent on towers. See also castellation and scalloping.

Topkapi Palace - Istanbul - Turkey (1500)
Winchester - England
Palazzo Vecchio - Florence - Italy
Château de Chaumont - France (1500)
Château d'Ussé - France (1500)
Vicenza - Italy
Castello - Sforzesco - Milan - Italy
Castle of Saint Angelo - Rome - Italy (1500)