Great Bells of Europe
by country

Here are listed 102 existing and former great bells of Europe, in countries for which the numbers of such bells are relatively low.  They are grouped by country, and then shown in descending order by weight.  The list includes qualifying bass bells of carillons, chimes, zvons, peals, etc., and is believed to include all bells heavier than 14000kg.

Not yet included are many other great bells of France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain weighing between 4000 and 14000 kg.  Separately listed (and sequenced) are the great bells of the British Isles and the great bells of Russia.  Separately listed but not separately sequenced are the great bells of Germany, bearing the 39 sequence numbers which are not included below.

Following the list are some References to related information about the data found here.


Key:

nr.   City, County, Country - EquivalentWeight lbs

"nr" is the sequence number of each bell in the matching table of all European bells by weight.  Bells of the same (estimated) weight share a sequence number, and are distinguished by a capital letter appended to it (e.g., 55A, 55B).


Countries included (with number of listed bells), in order by the heaviest bell of each:   Italy (5),   Austria (6),   Portugal (4) & France (15+),   Estonia (1),   Poland (3),   Spain (6+),   Czech Republic (1),   Greece (1),   Bulgaria (1),   Vatican (1),   Malta (4),   Switzerland (7+),   Netherlands (21+),   Hungary (1),   Belgium (17),   Finland (1),   Ukraine (2), & Luxembourg (3)  


Bells in italics no longer exist.  (Prior versions of recast bells may or may not be separately listed.)  

Italy

3.  Rovereto, Italy - 49910 lbs

8.   Bruneck/Brunico, Italy - ~39900 lbs

19.   Messina, Italy - ~29100 lbs

57.   Milano (Milan), Italy - ~19000 lbs

68.   Catania, Sicilia (Sicily), Italy - 16790 lbs

 

Austria

4.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 44383 lbs

14.   Salzburg, Austria - 31429 lbs

36.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 22930 lbs

38.   Mösern, Tirol, Austria - 22443 lbs

52.   Innsbruck, Austria - 19950 lbs

74.   Innsbruck, Austria - 15803 lbs

102A.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 12566 lbs

 

Portugal

5.   Lisbon, Portugal - ~44000 lbs

32B.   Mafra, Portugal - ~23100 lbs

46.   Mafra, Portugal - ~21253 lbs

53.   Mafra, Portugal - ~19900 lbs

 

France

6.   Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France - ~44000 lbs

7.   Paris, France - 41524 lbs

9.   Sens, Yonne, France - 35780 lbs

16.   Sens, Yonne, France - 30115 lbs

21.   Paris, France - ~28200 lbs

32C.   Metz, Moselle, France - ~23100 lbs

35.   Reims, Marne, France - ~22950 lbs

42.   Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France - ~22000 lbs

49.   Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France - ~20940 lbs

54.   Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France - ~19600 lbs

76.  Dunkerque (Dunkirk), Nord, France - ~15500 lbs

79.   Auch, Gers (Pays d'Oc), France - 22000 lbs

110A.   Douai, Nord, France - ~12000 lbs

113A.   Chambéry, Savoie, France - ~12000 lbs

117.   Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France - ~11900 lbs

122.   Blois, Loir-et-Cher, France - ~10800 lbs

126.   Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Nord, France - 10250 lbs

 

Estonia

10.   Tallinn, Estonia - 34315 lbs

 

Poland

11.   Stary Lichen (or Lichen Stary), Konin, Poland - ~33000 lbs

24.   Stary Lichen (or Lichen Stary), Konin, Poland - ~25600 lbs

28A.   Cracow, Poland - ~24200 lbs

 

Spain

13.   Toledo, Spain - ~32100 lbs

41.   Pamplona, Spain - ~22200 lbs

70.   Valencia, Valenciana, Spain - ~16570 lbs

80.   Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain - 14683 lbs

82.   Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain - 13693 lbs

119.   Seville, Spain - ~11800 lbs

 

Czech Republic
(formerly part of Czechoslovakia)

17.   Praha (Prague), Czechslovakia - ~29760 lbs

 

Greece

20.   Mount Athos - ~28600 lbs

 

Bulgaria

22.   Sofia, Bulgaria - ~24200 lbs

 

Vaticano

28B.   Vaticano (Vatican City) - ~24200 lbs

 

Malta

31.   Valletta, Malta - 24027 lbs

88.   Valletta, Malta - ~14330 lbs

129.   Victoria, Gozo, Malta - 10010 lbs

130.   Xewkija, Gozo, Malta - 9954 lbs

 

Switzerland

43.   Bern, Switzerland - 21915 lbs

73.   Fribourg (Freiburg), Switzerland - ~16100 lbs

89A.   Flanthey, Valais, Switzerland - ~14110 lbs

91.   Bern, Switzerland - 14100 lbs

96A.   Geneva, Switzerland - ~13200 lbs

137.   Solothurn, Switzerland - EquivalentWeight lbs

141C.   Saint-Maurice, Lower-Valais, Switzerland - ~8820 lbs

 

Netherlands

44.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 21670 lbs

51.   Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands - 20283 lbs

57.   Delft, Netherlands - ~19300 lbs

58.   Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands - 18137 lbs

64A.   Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands - ~17300 lbs

71.   Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands - ~17300 lbs

81.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 14595 lbs

83B.   Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands - ~14550 lbs

83C.   Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands - ~14550 lbs

96D.   Den Haag, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - ~13200 lbs

101.   Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands - 13040 lbs

104B.   Rotterdam, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 12365 lbs

105.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 12365 lbs

110B.   Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands - 12125 lbs

110C.   Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands - 12125 lbs

121.   Rotterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands - 11405 lbs

126.   Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands - ~10400 lbs

128.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 10165 lbs

136.   Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands - 9420 lbs

139.   Venray, Limburg, Netherlands - 9150 lbs

140.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 8890 lbs

 

Hungary

50.   Budapest, Hungary - 20400 lbs

 

Belgium

55.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - 17990 lbs

59.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - 17990 lbs

60C.   Maredsous, Namur, Belgium - ~17600 lbs

75.   Leuven, Brabant, Belgium - 15644 lbs

83A.   Brussels, Belgium - ~14550 lbs

93.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~13670 lbs

94.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~13670 lbs

96B.   Bruges/Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~13200 lbs

96C.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - ~13200 lbs

113B.   Leuven, Brabant, Belgium - ~12000 lbs

113C.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~12000 lbs

118.   Bruges/Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - 11863 lbs

120.   Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium - 11684 lbs

135.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - 9830 lbs

138.   Ath, Hainaut, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

141A.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

141B.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

 

Finland

59A.   Pyhäsalmi, Finland - ~17000 lbs

 

Ukraine

28C.   Kiev, Ukraine - ~24000 lbs

59B.   Kiev, Ukraine - ~17000 lbs

 

Luxembourg

77.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 15399 lbs

78.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 15036 lbs

109.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 12192 lbs


References:

The late John Ketteringham's collection of recordings of notable bells includes several of the above.


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