A bartizan (an alteration of ''bratticing''), also called a guerite, ''garita'', or ''échauguette'', or spelled bartisan, is an overhanging, wall-mounted
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projecting from the walls of late medieval and early-modern
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s from the early 14th century up to the 18th century. Most frequently found at corners, they protected a warder and enabled him to see his surroundings. Bartizans generally are furnished with
s or
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s. The turret was usually supported by stepped masonry
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s and could be round, polygonal or square. Bartizans were incorporated into many notable examples of
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. In the
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, the new Town House, built in 1868–74, incorporates bartizans in the West Tower.


At walls

File:Round Bartizan, Fortaleza de Santiago, Sesimbra, Portugal.JPG, ''Guarita'' at Fortaleza de Santiago,
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, Portugal. File:Sudika Isla watchtower.jpg, ''Gardjola'' at Fortifications of Senglea, the Spur, Senglea, Malta. File:Canuelo-2.jpg, ''Garita'' at El Cañuelo in the San Juan Bay, Bay of San Juan, Puerto Rico. File:Bartizan.jpg, South-East Bartizan on Greenknowe Tower, Scottish Borders (and another one in the background) File:Ft de Chartres-bastion-1.jpg, Bartizan at Fort de Chartres, a French colonial era fort in Illinois on the Mississippi River. File:Garita at Castillo de San Cristobal-Detail.jpg, ''Garita'' at Castillo San Cristóbal (San Juan) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. File:JerusalemBevingrad.jpg, A bartizan-style British concrete position at Sergei courtyard, Jerusalem. This is probably the sole existing testimony of the British "Bevingrad" constructed in 1946. File:Devil's Sentry Box or the "Garita del Diablo", en el Morro y el Atlantico.tiff, Devil's Sentry Box, or the "Garita del Diablo", San Cristóbal Castle, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

At towers

File:Town House, top of West Tower, Aberdeen, Peddie and Kinnear, 1868-74, photo Jane Cartney 2010RESIZED200.jpg, Bartizans on the West Tower of the new Town House in Aberdeen, Scotland, 1868–74. File:Torre de belem vista do tejo.jpg, Manueline ''Guaritas'' at Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal. File:Feartagar Castle, County Galway - bartizans.jpg, Bartizans at Feartagar Castle, Ireland. File:'s-Heerenberg Huis Bergh Hof 4.jpg, Courtyard of Bergh House, 's-Heerenberg, Netherlands File:Vredespaleis 1.JPG, The Peace Palace bell tower, The Hague, Netherlands File:A belváros (The city centre) - panoramio.jpg, Martinstor, Freiburg, Germany

See also

* Bretèche * Garret—an attic or top floor room in the military sense; a watchtower from the French word ''garite''


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