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Bartizan at Fort de Chartres, a French colonial era fort in Illinois on the Mississippi River.

A bartizan or guerite is an overhanging, wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of medieval fortifications from the early 14th century up to the 16th century. Most frequently found at corners, they protected a warder and enabled him to see his surroundings. Bartizans generally are furnished with oylets or arrow slits.[1] The turret was usually supported by stepped masonry corbels and could be round or square.[2][3]

Bartizans were incorporated into many notable examples of Scots Baronial Style architecture in Scotland. In the architecture of Aberdeen, the new Town House built in 1868-74, incorporates bartizans in the West Tower.


See also[edit]

  • bretèche
  • garret - an attic or top floor room in the military sense; a watchtower from the French word garite.


  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bartizan". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Wood, James, ed. (1907). "Bartizan". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne. 
  3. ^ Bradley, Simon, ed. (2010). Pevsner's Architectural Glossary. Yale University Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-300-16721-4. 

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