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Building the ramparts

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony in Castellane
  • We have a better understanding of the organisation of Petra Castellana thanks to the excavations. We know that the towers and the beginning of the curtain walls* were first built, then linked together to form the ramparts

  • On the wall in front of you, you can see several putlog holes*, niches and openings. This means that future houses and buildings were intended to be supported by these ramparts from the very beginning. In 2019, consolidation work on some parts of the rampart and the towers allowed the remains to be preserved.

    * A curtain wall is the wall connecting two towers.
    * A putlog is a piece of lumber embedded in the wall to support the floor of a scaffold during construction. When it is removed,...
    On the wall in front of you, you can see several putlog holes*, niches and openings. This means that future houses and buildings were intended to be supported by these ramparts from the very beginning. In 2019, consolidation work on some parts of the rampart and the towers allowed the remains to be preserved.

    * A curtain wall is the wall connecting two towers.
    * A putlog is a piece of lumber embedded in the wall to support the floor of a scaffold during construction. When it is removed, the remaining hole is called a ‘putlog hole’.
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