BERN - M : SWITZERLAND

*Location:

   Münster
   Münsterplatz
   Bern, Switzerland
   LL: N 46.94738, E 7.45110
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*Player:

   (unknown)

*Contact:

   Marie-Therese Lauper, Tower Warden
   E: muensterturm@bernermuenster.ch

*Schedule:

   "Mittagsglocke" (second-heaviest, over
   6 tons) swings daily at noon;
   various combinations swing regularly
   for church services and for
   special occasions.

*Remarks:

   Peal of 7 bells by various founders
   from 14th c. onward, distributed between
   two belfries, plus 2 disused medieval
   alarm bells; includes heaviest bell in
   this country (10 tons, 1611); under
   the tallest spire in this country.
   Also 3 small signal bells.

*Technical data:

   Motor-swung peal of  9 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is G# in the bass octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   The instrument was enlarged in 1883
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2002
*Links:

The Muenster Website has an extensive page about the 7 bells of the peal, with photos and ringing schedules.

News article (in German) about a controversy over access to the tower

(This work being by various makers, it is not indexed by foundry or by year.)

Ranking among all European chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European chimes by size (number of bells).

Where the bass bell of this peal ranks among all great bells in Europe.
Where the second bell of this peal ranks among all great bells in Europe.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Switzerland.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  3-Jan-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/01/01
   and on technical data last updated on 2014/01/01
*Photos:

(none available)


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