Defending Bellecombe Castle


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The South Tower

This 3-story tower was 24-meter (72-foot) high and was battered. The jail was located at its bottom. We assume that it was topped with hoardings during war time. The roof is made of wooden tiles called "essandoles" in the region.

Cross-section (drawn by Robert Mader)

The North Tower

This 2-story tower was topped with a stone corridor covered with shingles (wooden tiles). The corridor was probably moving forward above the wall to let defenders drop rocks or boiling water on the attackers below (Machicolation).

Cross-section (drawn by Robert Mader)

The Hoardings

These wooden extensions to the wall walk were designed to protect the defenders while they were shooting on the attackers or dropping rocks and other harmful objects.
The hoarding shown on the picture improves the defense of the angle facing the road coming from Savoye.

The Arrow Loops

The curtain wall is 12-meter (36-foot) high and 4-meter (12-foot) thick. The 4 arrow loops can still be seen nowadays. 

The Main Gate

Like in most Alpine castles, the gate is not defended by a moat and a drawbridge. Although not mentioned, we assume the gate was equipped with a portcullis made of a strong oak grille. A wooden hoarding on top of the wall is the only protection against the enemy.


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