Ivan Veliki (Ivan the Great) Bell Tower complex within the Kremlin Moskva (Moscow), Russia LL: N 55.75084, E 37.61819 Tsar Bell at N 55.75077, E 37.61847
International Department Moscow Kremlin T: 95/203-80-86 F: 95/203-17-53 E: firstname.lastname@example.org [Press Svc.]
Tower complex includes Ivan the Great Bell Tower, built in 1505-8 (and extended in 1600) to serve 3 cathedrals within Kremlin walls; Assumption Belfry added in 1532-43; and Filaret Annex added in 1624. Contents: 64-ton Uspensky "Resurrection" Bell by Zavyalov, mid-19th c., in center of Belfry; 32.76-ton (or 19.7-ton) Reut Bell in side section of Belfry; 13-ton "Semisotnij" bell in Annex; lowest level of Tower has 7.2-ton "Bear", 7.4-ton "Swan", 6.9-ton "Novgorod", 5-ton "Slobodskoj", 4.9-ton "Wide" and 3.3-ton "Rostov"; middle level of tower has 7 bells of 0.6 to 3.2 tons; top level of tower has 3 bells under 1 ton. Also reported as 24 bells from the 16th to 19th c. (unconfirmed).
Zvon of 21 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown Transposition is not applicable Keyboard range: ZVON / NONE The arrangement of tones and/or semitones is non-standard; see Remarks above. The whole instrument was installed in unknown year by the maker cited in Remarks above Year of latest technical information source is 2006
One of several pages in a photo tour of the Kremlin pictures and briefly describes the Ivan the Great Bell Tower.
A dramatic evening photo of the Tower and Belfry, illuminated from inside; several bells can be seen. (Identifying tags can be shown or hidden.)
A traveler's photo of the bell tower complex from the western or "back" side
Another traveler's photos of the bell tower complex from the western or "back" side: #1, #2
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Besides the links above, there are numerous other links related to both this zvon and other nearby instruments; those links can be found on our page about Tower Bells of the Moscow Kremlin.
These bells being presumably by a variety of founders, the instrument is not indexed 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 zvon ranks among
all great bells in Russia.
Where the second bell of this zvon ranks among all great bells in Russia.
Index to all tower bell instruments in Russia.
This page was built from the database on 16-Aug-07 based on textual data last updated on 2007/06/30 and on technical data last updated on 2006/11/28
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