Lest we forget . . .

One feature of this special garden is the moat that borders its edge.  This defensive structure allows ample sunlight to enter while keeping intruders at a safe distance.  In point of fact, the structure evolved quickly in the years following the religious wars.   The use of military features like this had to be granted by king or sovereign, but they soon came to be more symbols of social prestige than actual measures of strategic defense.

For the technically minded, this particular kind of moat is called an "ahah".  We don't know exactly why, but we suspect it may be from the cry of those who fell in during a midnight stroll!

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