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Postern, Manila. Tomás Sanz. 1783.
Southeastern postern, Château de Puilaurens

A postern is a secondary door or gate, sometimes found as entrances to walled gardens[1] but particularly in a fortification such as a city wall or castle curtain wall. Posterns were often located in a concealed location which allowed the occupants to come and go inconspicuously. In the event of a siege, a postern could act as a sally port, allowing defenders to make a sortie on the besiegers.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Postern gates for walled gardens. 24 January 2014