Campaniles de fer forgé (or wrought-iron belfries) are the ironwork cages at the top of many bell towers in the Beyond region. Although they are all works of art, and some extremely ornate and magnificent, these campaniles came about for purely practical reasons: they withstand even the fiercest of the Mistrals that occasionally blow through the Provence.

Here are a few examples of the Campaniles, from Digne-les-Bains (left) and Seillans (center and right). Click on any of the images to see a larger photo of it.

Campanile Towns and Villages

Here's a list of villages where you can see Campaniles de fer forgé for yourself.

Aix-en-Provence (13)
Allemagne-en-Provence (04)
Apt (84) [photo]
Aups (83) [photo]
Bagnols-en-Forêt (83) [photo]
Bézaudun-les-Alpes (06)
Beaumes-de-Venise (84) [photo]
Bouyon (06) simple
Callas (83)
Caromb (84) [photo]
Carpentras (84) [photo - universe]
Céreste (04) [photo]
Cipières (06) [photo]
Claviers (83) [photo]
Colmars-les-Alpes (04)
la Colle-sur-Loup (06)
Coursegoules (06)
Digne-les-Bains (04)
Esparron-de-Verdon (04)
Flayosc (83) beautiful and elaborate
Forcalquier (04) chapelle St-Jean
Gigondas (84) [photo]
Gréoux-les-Bains (04)
Lurs (04)
Manosque (04) l'église St-Saveur
Manosque (04) la porte Soubeyran
Mées (04)
Moissac-Bellevue (83)
Montmeyan (83) [simple]
Orange (84) [photo]
Quinson (04)
Riez (04) [photo]
Régusse (83)
St. Maime (04)
St. Martin-de-Brômes (04)
Seillans (83)
Sisteron (04) la tour de l'horloge
Spéracèdes (06)
Tourrettes (83)
Trigance (83)
Villecroze (83)