Banquette

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For the town in the United States, see Banquette, Texas.
Banquette (along the wall on the right) on the Alhambra fortress in Spain.

In fortification, a banquette is a small foot path or elevated step along the inside of a rampart or parapet, by which the musketeers get up to view the counterscarp, or to fire on the enemies in the moat. These are generally a foot and a half (approximately half a metre) high, and almost three feet (approximately 90 cm) wide.

People sitting on banquettes in a coffee shop

A banquette may also be an upholstered bench or a footbridge.

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  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al. 
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