bell tower

noun

Definition of bell tower 

: a tower that supports or shelters a bell

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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 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 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 When the spire was added on the bell tower in 1892, the church was the tallest building in Detroit. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Past, future to be celebrated as St. Joseph Oratory host Mass Mob," 9 June 2018

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1596, in the meaning defined above

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