CIMG2731 A segment of a winged wall in Užupis
This and the next picture show what I call a "wall with wings". I found it in the Užupis neighborhood of Vilnius, Lithuania. As you see, on top of the wall there is another house. I found a similar architectural oddity at a different location in Vilnius, in my favorite "two-level-courtyard". The two-level courtyard also has a wall with wings, and a building built on top of it. I wonder if at some time in Vilnius there was a certain fashion for such things, and why were things built this way? What was the purpose of these structures?
In this place it seems to be supporting a hill on which the house sits. It seems a little more apparent in this picture of the same place that I took in 2016, and it seemed to have become somewhat more worn then.
The wall with wings keeps resurfacing in various places in Užupis. The next image shows one of its segments that passes through a courtyard of an old, dilapidated apartment house.