Thursday, October 16, 2014

Word of the Day -- Terrace (Fighting Platform)

A fighting platform or terrace is the uppermost defensive platform of an ancient or medieval gateway, tower (such as the fighting platform on a bergfried) and breteche. The fighting platform is surrounded by a battlement, usually with merlons and embrasures.

Whilst in warmer climates (for example in the Mediterranean region) the platforms were usually open, in Central Europe they were frequently covered by a roof structure (on towers by a spire or tented roof).

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