KOELN - D : GERMANY-BRD

*Location:

   Southwest tower
   Dom (Cathedral)
   Köln (Cologne)
     Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
   LL: N 50.94114, E 6.95737
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*Player:

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*Schedule:

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*Remarks:

   Sub-bourdon C c.24000 kg, by Heinrich
   Ulrich, Apolda, 1923, was the heaviest
   swinging bell in the world until 1998.
   It replaces a heavier bell by Andreas
   Hamm, 1874, which was broken up in 1918
   for munitions.  Bourdon G c.10500kg,
   by Heinrich Brodermann & Christian
   Cloit, was the largest bell in the
   western world when cast in 1448.
   Others:
     A c.5600 kg, 1449, Johannes (Hoerken)
         de Vechel
     B c.3800 kg, 1880, Hermann Grosse,
         Dresden
     C c.2550 kg, 1862, Joseph Beduwe,
         Aachen
     D c.2110 kg, 1990, Hans August &
         Cornelia Charlotte Mark,
         Brockscheid bei Daun
     E c.1400 kg + G c.830 kg, both 1911,
     Frans Otto, Hemelingen (Bremen)
   Also 3 ancient smaller bells in the
   turret over the crossing.

*Technical data:

   Motor-swung peal of  8 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   Work was done (as described in Remarks above) in 1990
     with bells made by multiple founders - see Remarks above  
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1994
*Links:

Tourism photo of Cologne, with the Cathedral prominent at center and Old City Hall at extreme left

City map page, with the city hall (Raths.) marked at center and the Cathedral (Dom) evident at the top

Where the previous bass bell of this peal lies in the sequence of output of the miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the present bass bell of this peal lies in the sequence of output of the miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the present second bell of this peal lies in the sequence of output of the miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the present third bell of this peal lies in the sequence of output of the miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
(The rest of the chime being composed of miscellaneous bells, it is not indexed by foundry.)

Ranking among all German chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all German chimes by size (number of bells).
(Since no founder's work predominates, this chime is not indexed by year of completion.)

Where the previous bass bell of this peal ranks among all great bells in Germany.
Where the present bass bell of this peal ranks among all great bells in Germany.
(The next two bells can also be found in that list:  #2#3.)

Index to all tower bell instruments in Germany:Nordrhein-Westfalen.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 30-Sep-13
   based on textual data last updated on 2013/08/22
   and on technical data last updated on 1995/04/30
*Photos:

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