The revetted curtain wall was not inclined all the way up; the scarp ended in a semicircular cornice known as the cordon, above which there was perpendicular parapet. In many cases this was punctured by embrasures, thus affording some protection to the soldiers moving and fighting on the wall.

The curtain wall between the Martinengo and Bethlehem Bastions, 2004 (photograph: Vassilis Kozonakis)
The curtain wall linking the Martinengo and Bethlehem Bastions as it is today, viewed from the West, 2004 (photograph: Vassilis Kozonakis)