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  • A machicolation is a floor opening between the supporting corbels of a battlement, through which stones could be dropped on attackers at the base of a defensive wall. A machicolated battlement projects outwards from the supporting wall in order to facilitate this. — “Machicolation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • With origins in the 12th century, the Château de Gannat is a typical 14th century defensive castle, built on a square plan flanked with four machicolated towers, linked by high crenellated walls. By the 16th century it was uninhabitable and much of it was dismantled in 1566. — “Château de Gannat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • At the roofline the cornice is machicolated between a corbeled string course.[1] The taller northwest tower has similar windows that get much shorter on the third and attic stories, topped by a crenelated parapet and machicolated cornice. — “Hoosick Falls Armory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org

Quotations

  • Young as she was, I was struck, throughout our little tour, with her confidence and courage with the way, in empty chambers and dull corridors, on crooked staircases that made me pause and even on the summit of an old machicolated square tower that made me dizzy, her morning music, her disposition to tell me so many more things than she asked, rang out and led me on. — “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James

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