spire

[spire] (Anglo-Saxon: spir, a stalk)

A tapering construction crowning a steeple or tower or surmounting a building. On the Continent the steeple and spire were merged into one, while in England a separate structure was preserved. It belongs to Pointed architecture, and has been fully developed in Gothic buildings. Renaissance spires are merely steeples terminating in a point.

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