A complex of towers, bridges and barriers designed to protect an entrance made in a town or castle wall. The gatehouse may contain arrow slits in the walls where attackers could be shot at from both sides. It may also contain murder holes, where boiling water or oil could be poured down on the attackers, rocks thrown on them, or archers shoot at them.

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