Monday, 28 January 2013

Courtine (curtain wall)

Courtine is a term used in the architecture of fortifications, and denotes a wall connecting two towers.
In the picture the curtain wall of the castle of Berzé-la-Ville.
The word courtine is also used for churches; the high wall crowning the façade (facade) of the Saint-Philibert in Tournus is one.
Behind this wall one finds the chapelle (chapel) Saint-Michel.
The clocher (bell tower) on the left (in pinkish stone) was extended in the 12th century; its original shape was identical to that of the tower on the right.
The courtine connects both towers.
The crenellated top is an addition from the 19th century.

Château - Berzé-le-Châtel

Saint-Philibert - Tournus

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