Lower belfry, north tower Palace Mafra, Lisboa, Portugal LL: N 38.93711, W 9.32707 z18
Bells by Nicolas Levache (Antwerp or Liege), with four assorted others, including 1 Witlockx from south tower, where it had been replaced by a Felix vanAerschodt bell in 1928. Original keyboard now in the museum. Also 6 swinging bells in middle belfry and 3 clock bells in upper belfry.
Carillon-sized instrument (without any workable playing mechanism) of 45 bells Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is A# in the bass octave Transposition is nil (concert pitch) Keyboard range: F#G#A#E / ---- There are no missing bass semitones The whole instrument was installed in 1730 by the maker cited in Remarks above Year of latest technical information source is 1994
Waymarking page, with 2 photos of the building
Set of photos of the Convent of Mafra, with several different perspectives of the bell towers.
Where this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries,
in this region
and in the world.
NOTE: This instrument is indexed as "traditional", even though it is unplayable, because that was the last functional method of operation.
Ranking among all European traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all European traditional carillons by year of completion.
Where the bass bell of this carillon ranks among all great bells in Europe.
Index to all traditional carillons in Portugal.
Index to all tower bell instruments in Portugal.
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