belfry(redirected from Beffroi)
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a superstructure on the wall of a church or a separate structure with one or several apertures in which to hang bells. Wall-like belfries or elongated rectangular ones with an interior space received expressive plastic treatment in the ancient Russian (especially Pskov) stone churches of the 14th through 17th centuries. These belfries brought an element of picturesqueness to the design of churches.