Shoot Your Shot
30cm x 30cm
Oil on wood panel
This is a depiction of an arrowslit (often also referred to as an arrow loop, loophole, and sometimes a balistraria. It is a narrow vertical aperture in a fortification through which an archer can launch arrows or a crossbowman can launch bolts.
Castelo de Tomar is a castle in Portugal, where it is classified as a national monument. The Convento de Cristo was built inside its walls. The castle was built by King Afonso Henriques around 1160 on a strategic location, over a hill and near river Nabão. It has an outer defensive wall and a citadel with a keep inside. The keep, a central tower of residential and defensive functions, was introduced in Portugal by the Templars, and the one in Tomar is one of the oldest in the country.