A place-of-arms (Italian: piazza d'armi, French: place d'armes) is any place in a fortification where troops can gather. The term has a number of meanings, but it generally refers to an enlarged area of the covertway designed as an assembly point for soldiers, or a square in the centre of a fortress, also known as a parade ground.[1]

There are two types of places-of-arms:[2]

  • Salient place-of-arms: a place-of-arms which protrudes outside the polygonal shape of the fortification
  • Re-entrant place-of-arms: a place-of-arms which does not protrude outside the polygonal shape of the fortification


  1. ^ James, Charles (1802). A New and Enlarged Military Dictionary. London: T. Egerton. p. 629. 
  2. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. (2010). "Illustrated Glossary of Terms used in Military Architecture". ARX Supplement. MilitaryArchitecture.com: 646. Archived from the original on 3 June 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2012.