Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Also called embattlement, castellations, crenelation

A parapet topped with alternating indentations and raised portions, originally for defense, but later used as a decorative motif

Crenelated/crenellated (KREN a laytid): having battlements

Parapet:  The short wall section at the very top of the battlement

Merlon The solid upright section of a battlement or crenellated parapet in medieval architecture or fortifications. Merlons are sometimes pierced by narrow, vertical embrasures or slits designed for observation and fire.

Crenels: Gaps or spces on the parapet

Battlements were mainstays in Medieval forts.

Found in Gothic, Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival, styles

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

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