What are the pointy parts of a castle called?

What are the pointy parts of a castle called?

A turret (from Italian: torretta, little tower; Latin: turris, tower) is a small tower that extends vertically from a building's wall, such as a medieval castle. They were often used as lookouts over open fields or cities, or to provide defensive fire positions for archers.

Turrets can be found on many different kinds of buildings, including castles, monasteries, cathedrals, and town halls. Some that are particularly well known include the White Tower of London, the Clock Tower of Sydney, and the Turret Museum in Cornwall.

They are also very common in video games, both main series titles and role-playing games. Examples include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, where you can find dozens of turrets placed around the world to help defend settlements; Dark Souls, where you can place bonfires in the ground which will then raise a small turret that can be used to shoot enemies; and Dragon Age: Inquisition, where there are several locations with large towers that act as fast travel points.

In film, they are sometimes used to depict kingdoms or empires that have fallen into decline, when no longer protected by their military might, they give away their identity as strategic buildings by being filled with tourists trying to take pictures from inside them.

Where does the word "turret" come from in a castle?

Everyone is familiar with the concept of a castle turret. It is simply a little tower that was constructed as part of a medieval castle fortification, most often walls and towers. The term "turret" is derived from the Italian "torretta," which means "little tower," and the Latin word "turris," which simply means "tower." In fact, some medieval castles did not include turrets, but rather only towers.

Towers were built with defenses in mind, usually to provide soldiers with a place to fight from without hurting them. They could be used as lookout posts or even as prisons if need be. Some towers were also used as weapons labs where knights could train before battle or scientists could conduct experiments.

The first castles tended to be made out of wood, but as time went on, builders began using stone instead. These early castles were usually just wooden towers attached to the outside of a fortified house. As people learned how to build better stones, they came up with new ways to use them to protect their homes and themselves. For example, one method used by builders was to construct stone towers over the doors and windows of houses for protection. These were called merlons or machicolations. They looked like small pointed roofs on top of the walls where guns were mounted to shoot at attackers.

As time went on, more and more people became aware of the need for defense, so builders began constructing larger and larger castles.

Where is a turret on a castle?

A Guide to Castle Turrets Turrets are often situated on the corners of towers or at the point where two walls meet, although they can also be found midway along curtain walls. They serve several purposes: looking out over the countryside to detect approaching enemies, acting as lookouts, warning of enemy attacks, and sometimes even firing weapons.

There are three main types of turrets: keep, don't care, and battery. A keep is any structure that serves as home to a knight or other soldiery member. These usually take the form of small buildings with little or no surrounding defensive wall. Knights living in keeps were often called "barons," because they held title to large tracts of land.

A don't-care turret is any structure that isn't needed for defense or security and therefore doesn't have doors or other means of access used by soldiers. These may include storerooms, barracks, and other administrative buildings. Don't-care turrets are generally much smaller than keeps and often have no more than an opening for a door or window. Sometimes they have flat roofs for soldiers to stand on and watch for invaders.

Batteries are groups of bunkers or artillery pieces built into one structure for logistical reasons. They usually contain a supply room, hospital, laundry, and other amenities necessary for the survival of soldiers.

What is the room at the top of a tower called?

If it projects higher than the building, it may have a staircase. A turret, on the other hand, is not always higher than the rest of the structure; in this instance, it is often part of a room that can be easily stepped into—see the turret of Chateau de Chaumont in the collection of turrets, which also depicts a turret encircled by a turret enclosed by a room.

The word comes from turris, Latin for "tower." This room was once filled with furniture or equipment used to defend the castle or town.

It is now usually empty except for some chairs or a table. The room serves as a lookout over its surroundings. You can go up there to get away from it all or just to see more of the city.

Some cities claim to have the highest turret rooms in the world but Baku, Azerbaijan has the crown for now. It's so high that you can see across the entire city.

There are several such rooms at Baku's Palace of Arts, including one that seats 20 people. They were used for viewing royal processions and celebrating special occasions like births, marriages, and baptisms. Now they're perfect places where you can have a drink, take in the view, or just relax.

Other castles and towns around the world have them too. Check out some of our favorite images below!

What is a donjon in a castle?

A large inner tower in a medieval castle—see image of castle. The word comes from the French for "young girl" or "daughter". Donjons were usually built by wealthy landowners as a means to defend their estates against attack, and as a place to hold prisoners. They often served as administrative centers for the surrounding land.

Donjons are found in many different countries around the world, including England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and India. Some examples include: the Tower of London, Saint-Louis en LÎle-Saint-Louis, and Château de Versailles.

They can be seen in movies, television shows, and books too. For example, you might see them in the background of some scenes in the Lord of the Rings film series.

Donjons were usually made of stone but sometimes they were also built with wood, earth, or brick. Their walls were usually very high (up to 60 meters or 200 feet) to provide protection against attacks by enemies who may have had weapons that could damage walls over shorter distances than those within the castles' own defenses.

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Pat Davis is a professional who has been working in the construction industry for over 15 years. He currently works as a foreman for a general contracting firm, but before that he served as a superintendent for a large concrete company. Pat knows about building structures, and how to maintain them properly.


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