1. the part of a tower or steeple in which bells are hung
2. a tower or steeple
3. the timber framework inside a tower or steeple on which bells are hung
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A room at or near the top of a tower that contains bells and their supporting timbers.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
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.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
A bell tower
, either attached to a church or standing alone.
2. A timber framework in a steeple that supports a bell.
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