MADRID - 2 : SPAIN

*Location:

   North tower
   Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
     (The Royal Church)
   Plaza de San Francisco el Grande
   Gran Via de S.Fr. at Carrera de S.Fr.
   San Buenaventura, 1
   Madrid, Spain
   LL: N 40.41053, W 3.71442
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*Player:

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*Contact:

   Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
   Plaza de San Francisco el Grande
   San Buenaventura, 1
   E-25005 Madrid
   T: 91 365 3800

*Schedule:

   Disused.  Building open to visitors
   Tu-Sa 11a-1p & 4p-7p (tour fee).

*Remarks:

   Derelict chime, originally played by a
   chiming machine (drum), later by an
   electrical mechanism.

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument (without any workable playing mechanism) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1882
     with bells made by Warner      
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2006
*Links:

From the foremost Spanish (and Catalan) Website about bells:  details of each bell in the two towers, with additional "fotos de la campana" available;  a set of seven pages of photos about the building and its belfries, including pictures of groups of bells;  and a copy of Ranald Clouston's 1956 report on the bells (in English).  (Regrettably, their condition has not improved since then.)

A Wikipedia article (in Spanish) about the Basilica includes a photo of the building from the front, with both belfries clearly visible.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Warner bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all tower bell instruments in Spain.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  4-Dec-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2007/11/02
   and on technical data last updated on 2007/01/03
*Photos:

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