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Entering via the drawbridge and main entrance one has direct access to the interior of the bulwark, which houses the tower's artillery, placed at 17 cannon holes. The floor slopes downward from the centre outwards, giving the artillery a secure position and allowing for the run-off of water that enters the tower.

In the centre there is a small, cloister-like, open patio, surrounded by Gothic arches. It served to dispel the smoke from the firing of the cannons.

Under the nave of the bulwark there are a number of magazines, the largest of which is accessed via a stairway on the north side. These magazines were originally intended as storage rooms for provisions but they were later used as dungeons.

Going back, to the right coming through the entrance hall, is a steep staircase that leads to the bulwark terrace.