SERGIEV POSAD : RUSSIA

*Location:

   Holy Trinity St.Sergius Lavra
     Monastery (Russian Orthodox)
   Sergiev Posad (formerly Zagorsk),
     Moscow oblast, Russia
   LL: N 56.31057, E 38.12988
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*Player:

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*Contact:

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*Schedule:

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*Remarks:

   At the beginning of the 20th c., this
   zvon totalled 42 bells, the largest
   from 1748 (72 tons).  In 1929-30, at
   least 19 bells (including 3 largest)
   were taken out and broken up.
   A report from 1990 listed 13 bells left,
   dated 1420/F, 1594/A# bourdon
   (est.20-25 tonnes), 1780/F#, 1598/F#,
   1648/F#; trebles D# F G G# F-flat 
   D# D# G.
   In 2002-04, replacements for the three
   lost great bells were cast; some
   smaller bells must have been added as
   well to reach the present total of 24.

*Technical data:

   Zvon of 24 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is C  in the bass octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ZVON  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   Installation was completed in 2004
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Year of latest technical information source is 2004

*Links:

The Website of the Monastery is available in five languages.  The main English page has an overview photo.
Photo and English-language description of the 5-stage Bell Tower.  Before the Revolution it had 42 bells.  In 1930 all of the big bells were thrown down and destroyed, leaving only 23 smaller bells.  Restoration began in 2002 with two new bells (35.5 and 27 tons) installed in the second tier.  A 72-ton bass bell "Tzar" was cast in Petersburg in 2003.  Clock with chimes installed in 1905.  Also two other photos of the tower and one of a great bell in the belfry (thumbnailed). 
Photo and English-language description of the church of the Holy Spirit, which has a 2-stage belfry.

Plan of the Monastery, identifying all of the main buildings and towers.  In addition to the main Bell Tower, there is a belfry on the Church of the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit; inside the walls) and another on the Pyatnitskaya Church (outside the walls).

Since no founder predominates, this work is not indexed by foundry nor by year.

Ranking among all European non-traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European non-traditional carillons 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.
Where the third bell of this zvon ranks among all great bells in Russia.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Russia.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 13-Aug-09
   based on textual data last updated on 2009/07/30
   and on technical data last updated on 2006/11/21


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