VALLETTA : MALTA

*Location:

   St.John's Co-Cathedral
   Republic Square
   Triq San Gwann
   (Merchants Street at Old Theatre Street)
   Valletta, Malta
   LL: N 35.89743, E 14.51246
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*Player:

   (unknown)

*Contact:

   St.John's Co-Cathedral
   St.John Street
   Valletta, VLT 1156
   T: 21 22 56 39

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Six bells (G,A,B,C,D,E) hung as a chime
   in southeast tower, largest perhaps
   6 1/2 tons; also two smaller bells (C,A)
   in northwest tower; all by various
   local makers from 1660 to 1759.
   Also 3 bells on clock tower roof -
   hour bell C#, quarter bells G#,F#.

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument with action described in Remarks above of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   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 1759
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1993
*Links:

The church Website has photos of the building, as well as an E-contact form, but does not mention the bells, except for a project to restore the Lascaris bell cast in 1636; it had been broken, and was repaired by Soundweld UK and rehung by Taylor in 2008.

In a view of St.John's from the front, one of the bells can be seen in each tower, along with the three clock bells.

An article on the Co-Cathedral has a photo of the clock tower.

(These bells being from a variety of founders, this is not indexed as a chime by foundry nor 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 chime ranks among all great bells in Europe.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Malta.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 19-Aug-13
   based on textual data last updated on 2013/08/09
   and on technical data last updated on 2006/11/21
*Photos:

(none available)


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