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LE GRAND BOURDON DE L’ÉGLISE SAINTE-GUDULE À BRUXELLES - PÂQUES FLEURIES!

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    Posted 5 years ago

    vetraio50
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    A photocollage for Easter! This card suggests to me that the Millers were in Brussels over the Easter period in 1907. Oh the wonders of the internet! So easy to find out that Easter Sunday in 1907 was on March 31. Looking for clues!

    Researching Sainte-Gudule I discovered a little more about the bells that inhabit the twin towers of Brussels’ Co-Cathedral. The building has a long history and the towers were designed by Flemish architect Jan Van Ruysbroeck (1470-1485), who also designed the tower of the Town Hall of Brussels.

    One of the towers has a carillon of 49 bells. Some of the big bells among them have names: there’s Fabiola (3164kg), Maria (2298kg), Michaël (1628kg), Gudula (1332kg), Philippe (975kg), Astrid (690kg), and Laurent (485kg).

    But the other tower is reserved for the “Grand Bourdon” – the Big Bell! This huge bell is called 'Salvator' – it weighs 6700 kilograms or 7.3 US tons.

    These days the bells are rung by electric motors. You can imagine that a weight as large as that of the Grand Bourdon is not easily shifted. It dates from 1481 - a bell by Peeter Vanden Gheyn. It was restored in 1638. All the other bells are replacements for earlier bells. The French took the smaller bells during the French Revolution. The Germans took another set in World War II.

    But Salvator is an historical survivor. Its size has made it impossible to dismantle I suppose.

    It is only rung on special occasions: Easter and Christmas!

    Big Bass note: “G” or Sol.

    I like to think that the Millers heard it on Easter Sunday in 1907.

    Published by D. M. Éditeurs Bruxelles.

    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      If you want you see something of the size and hear Salvator on Youtube:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=599kJWkw1UM
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      There is another video showing the counterbalances -- a view from above:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpkhLc7V9Ok
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MOON!
      Ding - Dong!
    4. Belltown Belltown, 5 years ago
      Nice bell... ;-)
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      DIN DON DAN!

      Many thanks BELLTOWN!

      I could listen to it for hours.
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Mah Bell here DING A DONGING ON YOUR BELL!!! Love this Kevin!!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN!
      RRING MAH BELL!
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin!!! :)
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT, WALSOFTLY 'n VIOLETORANGE!
    10. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
      My bell has been rung!
      Hope you are well V!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks AMBER, DON, MIKELV, KAREN 'n TOM!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      We're well AMBER. All the best to you and yours!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks TED STRAUB 'n PHIL too!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUES IN NJ 'n GEO26E too!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks TOM!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks DON!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks LISA LIGHTING!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks ELISABETHAN 'n TONINO!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks LISA !!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MANI !!!!!


      HAPPY EASTER to ALL !!!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks VALENTINO ..... HAPPY EASTER !!!!!!

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