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built-up earth housing cannons and soldiers, which functioned as protection from enemy fire for the houses of the stronghold
Engineer of Fortresses
a technical expert, usually from outside the Venetian nobility, charged with the specific tasks of safeguarding and maintaining fortifications. Because of these duties the engineer of the fortress often found himself at odds with the military and the Venetian nobles governing the territories

Viaggio virtuale tra le fonti storiche veneziane
Rotta: Venezia e il Levante (sec XV - sec XVIII)
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