What Does The `steeple` Mean On Top Of Church?


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A steeple in the term of architecture means a tall tower on a building; this tower is often topped by a spire. Steeples are a very common site in Christian Churches or Cathedrals. A steeple on top of a church generally connotes a religious structure. It is believed that in Pagan architecture the steeple was originally constructed for the symbolization of the male phallus.

The steeples are generally made of cap bell or clock towers and sometimes they also have the crucification cross. These towers are a very common element of religious architecture worldwide; these towers generally symbolize to reach skywards towards god.

However there are some who don't believe in the pagan origins of a steeple, most prominently the Roman Catholic Author 'Alexander Hislop'.

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