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

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.

Battlements were mainstays in Medieval forts.

Found in Gothic, Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival, styles

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

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