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Catalan to English translations [PRO] Architecture / architecture
Catalan term or phrase:garites
Are these the dormers? I've looked at photos, and I don't see what else they could be. If so, what does "com si fossin finestretes" mean?
"... a banda de l’esplèndida capella —catedral en miniatura—, [la Casa Botines] conserva totes les reminiscències de les antigues catedrals gòtiques («neogoticisme», es considera el seu modernisme) tant en el traçat com en l’ornamentació; com a castell el defineixen, a més a més del fossar que el rodeja, el protegeix i l’il·lumina en part, les quatre torrasses, les ***garites*** que sobresurten en els murs, i aquestes com si fossin finestretes, el recorren en totes direccions."
See that big cylinder in the middle? Find the line separating the lowest two floors you can see and follow it to the right til you come to that thing sticking out of the reentrant angle (you can see the top of another one below it). That, if I am not mistaken, is a garita.
An oriel window projects from the wall and does not extend to the ground. Oriel windows originated as a form of porch. They are often supported by brackets or corbels. Buildings in the Gothic Revival style often have oriel windows. (see photo)
Oriel window. A window bay that projects from the building beginning above the ground level.
What does it is the photo. Have a look at the reference below.