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Fortifications Of The City

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If cities deserve praise by virtue of their outer fortification, then this city (Münster) will be pre-eminent and distinguished not only among those in Westphalia but also among those in many regions. For it is heavily fortified with gates, ditches, ramparts, walls, towers, and other bulwarks made both of stone and earth and of wood. It has ten gates named after the saints to whom most of the churches are dedicated. The whole city is surrounded by twin ditches, which are fairly broad and deep. In between the two ditches there is a rampart made of earth dug up from both ditches. This rampart is fairly thick and steep and has a sheer face. Next there is a double wall whose circuit is broken only at the gates. These walls surround another rampart, which is set between and supported by them on either side.

Keywords: bulwarks; ditches; gates; Münster; ramparts; towers; walls

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