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Campanile

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St. Mark's campanile, Venice, Italy
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The campanile at Iowa State University with a 50-bell carillon, Ames, Iowa

A campanile (pronounced []) is, especially in Italy, a free-standing bell-tower (Italian campana, 'bell') adjacent to a church or cathedral, but not always.

The most famous campanile is probably the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Other notable campaniles include St Mark's Campanile in Venice's St Mark's Square.

Modern campaniles often contain carillons, a musical instrument traditionally comprised of large bells which are sounded by cables, chains, or cords connected to a keyboard. These can be found at some college and university campuses. In modern construction, rather than using heavy bells the sound may be produced by the striking of small metal rods whose vibrations are amplified electronically and sounded through loudspeakers.

Contents

List of campaniles

This is a list of campaniles found on Wikipedia:

Australia

Italy

United States

Alabama

California

Iowa

Oregon

Other Uses

Campanile is also the name of the Palo Alto High School newspaper.

External links

  • Giotto's Bell tower, Florence (http://www.compart-multimedia.com/virtuale/us/florence/giottos_bell_tower.htm) virtual reality movie and pictures

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