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The Irish coastline is dotted with the famous Martello Towers, small round towers with flat roofs.

These towers were designed and built as lookout posts during the Napoleonic Wars.
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A Martello Tower is a gun tower designed solely as a defence against ships armed with guns; they will be recognised as free- standing compact squat circular towers built of stone or rendered brickwork very near the sea, of two floors and designed to carry a single large gun on the roof permitting all-round traversing. The main components are the tower itself and sometimes a moat. Although the class consists almost entirely of single towers carrying one gun, designs were also produced for a four-gun type, of which one was built, and Redoubts with ten guns, of which three were built.
Martello Towers may be confused with monuments of similar purpose of other periods, for instance blockhouses of the 15th and 16th centuries which would be built of stone and have several guns firing through embrasures; and the forts of the 19th century which may have several guns firing through embrasures or from casemates, would be protected by earthen ramparts, and invariably be sited on higher ground some distance from the sea.
Their purpose was to protect, by heavy gun fire, the vulnerable coasts invasion during the Napoleonic wars, and they were built between 1805 and 1812.
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