BRUSSELS - STM : BELGIUM

   City carillon (stadsbeiaard, #5)

*Location:

   South tower
   Cathedral of SS.Michael & Gudula
   (St.Michielstoren /
      Cathédrale St-Michel)
   Sint-Goedeleplein
   Bruxelles / Brussel, Brabant, Belgium
   LL: N 50.84774, E 4.35946
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*Player:

   (guests)

*Contact:

   Cathedral Culture & Tourism Office
   T: 02/217.83.45
   E: fernand.collier@skynet.be

*Schedule:

   May-Sep: Saturday 1500-1600;
   Oct-Apr: weekly, about an hour near
   mid-day (variable day & time)

*Remarks:

   First four bells supplied through
   Horacantus in 1967.  North tower holds
   "Salvator", est.6600-6700 kg, 1638,
   by P. de Clerck & P. vanden Ghein.
   The previous carillon here (33 A.-J.
   vanden Gheyn, 1762-7, with 7 older
   bells) was not a city carillon
   (see  BRUSSELS - STN  and
   BRUSSELS - B  for the 4 previous ones);
   it was destroyed by war in 1793.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 49 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     G C 42/    A#--  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1975
     with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Prior history:
     In 1767, a complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by vandenGheyn 
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 1994
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

The Cathedral Website, available in Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Polish and German, has a photo of the building facade and towers.

Page in Dutch with 19 photos of the building, 4 including the towers - all clickable for much larger versions.

Descriptive article (in Dutch, with tower photo) from the VBV (Vlaamse Beiaard Vereniging)

Illustrated article from the ACW (Association Campanaire Wallonie), with audio clips including Salvator swinging

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanden Gheyn bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Belgian traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Belgian traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Belgian traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all traditional carillons in BE.

Index to all tower bell instruments in BE/Brussels.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 10-Feb-10
   based on textual data last updated on 2010/01/26
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/02/19


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