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Merlons

  • Medieval Era
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

These are solid upright crenellated parapets found on battlements or defensive wall tops. Merlons have a pierced and narrow vertical Embrasure (designed for observations and for the firing of missiles by Archers). The spacing in-between 2 Merlons is known as a Crenel. Therefore, multiple Merlon spacing is identified as “crenellation”. Merlons were made in various shapes (according to the region that the castle or fortification was constructed – or based on). They could be three-pointed, quatrefoil, shielded, flower-like or rounded (to list just a few of many). With the advent of gunpowder and cannons, the need to remain concealed became tantamount. Merlons would become smaller and serve a more decorative function.