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Machicolation

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)