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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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CAMPANILE

A form of bell tower that was developed by Lombard architects and prevails in Italy. It is usually a tall, slender tower, somewhat detached from the church, with no buttresses and topped with a turret that contains the belfry chamber. Outstanding campaniles are found in Venice, Pisa, and Florence.