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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