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A gate protected by a portcullis
The Belfry gate of Besse en Chandesse is the only remaining gate of the three that used to guard the town. Built on a square plan, the right-angled passageway had a portcullis which has now disappeared, whose grooves cut into the stone can still be seen. The entrance is preceded by a gate barbican pierced by four openings for fire cannons, which protected the door and provided a salient point of cover.
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