bell tower

noun

Definition of bell tower

: a tower that supports or shelters a bell

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Designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in 1942, the streamlined rectangular church with a modular bell tower was the town's first modernist structure, and was seen as incredibly progressive at a time when most sacred spaces were much more ornate. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 Mission-style architecture drew inspiration from the myriad churches built by Spanish settlers in California, and could be spotted by their use of arches and bell towers. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Is Spanish Colonial Design? Everything To Know About California's Popular Style," 13 Nov. 2018 To go even further, GentleCritter believes Charles has been living in the bell tower of the church the Ghoulies use as a hideout, donning a mask to hide the scars from Chic's attack, leading the Ghoulies to call him the Gargoyle Knight. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories Are So Crazy They Might Actually Be True," 24 Sep. 2018 If the public doesn’t step up quickly, the three elegant raptors that are about to fledge from their nest in UC Berkeley’s equally elegant bell tower could go through life as Fluffy, Cottonball and Marshmallow. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "For baby raptors, cuddly names may not fly — UC seeks suggestions," 24 May 2018 Minarets pierce the city's skyline like proud exclamation points, while the bell tower of the Catholic church soars over them. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Here's a way to spice up a trip to Europe: Add a day trip to a neighboring country | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 From the east, the elevation presents a slim, unadorned, milk-white concrete block, nine stories high, punctured by loggias — a signpost, like the traditional village bell tower, rising above a low, scruffy neighborhood. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 Minarets pierce the city's skyline like proud exclamation points, while the bell tower of the Catholic church soars over them. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Here's a way to spice up a trip to Europe: Add a day trip to a neighboring country | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The tower's original purpose was as a bell tower for the Pisa cathedral. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Why doesn't the Leaning Tower of Pisa fall over?," 10 May 2018

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1596, in the meaning defined above

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