Great Bells of Europe
by country

Here are listed 91 existing and former great bells of Europe, in countries for which the numbers of such bells are relatively low.  They are grouped by country, and then shown in descending order by weight.  The list includes qualifying bass bells of carillons, chimes, zvons, etc., and is believed to include all bells heavier than 14000kg.

Not yet included are many other great bells of France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain weighing between 4000 and 14000 kg.  Separately listed are great bells of the British Isles, great bells of Germany (bearing the 25 sequence numbers which are not included below) and great bells of Russia.

Following the list are some References to related information about the data found here.


Key:

nr.   City, County, Country - EquivalentWeight lbs

"nr" is the sequence number of each bell in the matching table of all European bells by weight.


Countries included (with number of listed bells):   Italy (5),   Austria (6),   Portugal (4) & France (14+),   Estonia (1),   Poland (3),   Spain (6+),   Czech Republic (1),   Greece (1),   Bulgaria (1),   Vaticano (1),   Malta (4),   Switzerland (5+),   Netherlands (16+),   Belgium (17),   Finland (1) & Ukraine (2),   Luxembourg (3)  

This list of countries is in order by the heaviest bell of each.


Bells in italics no longer exist.  (Prior versions of recast bells may or may not be separately listed.)  

Italy

3.  Rovereto, Italy - 49910 lbs

8.   Bruneck/Brunico, Italy - ~39900 lbs

19.   Messina, Italy - ~29100 lbs

53.   Milano (Milan), Italy - ~19000 lbs

61.   Catania, Sicilia (Sicily), Italy - 16790 lbs

 

Austria

4.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 44383 lbs

14.   Salzburg, Austria - 31429 lbs

38.   Mösern, Tirol, Austria - 22443 lbs

48.   Innsbruck, Austria - 19950 lbs

66.   Innsbruck, Austria - 15803 lbs

88.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 12566 lbs

 

Portugal

5.   Lisbon, Portugal - ~44000 lbs

34.   Mafra, Portugal - ~23100 lbs

44.   Mafra, Portugal - ~21253 lbs

49.   Mafra, Portugal - ~19900 lbs

 

France

6.   Rouen, France - ~44000 lbs

7.   Paris, France - 41524 lbs

9.   Sens, France - 35780 lbs

16.   Sens, France - 30115 lbs

21.   Paris, France - ~28200 lbs

35.   Metz, France - ~23100 lbs

36.   Reims, France - ~22950 lbs

41.   Auch, Pays d'Oc, France - ~22000 lbs

42.   Rouen, France - ~22000 lbs

52.   Strasbourg, France - ~22950 lbs

68.   Dunkerque (Dunkirk), France - ~15500 lbs

94.   Chambéry, Savoie, France - ~12000 lbs

95.   Douai, Nord, France - ~12000 lbs

105.   Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Nord, France - 10250 lbs

 

Estonia

10.   Tallinn, Estonia - 34315 lbs

 

Poland

11A.   Stary Lichen (or Lichen Stary), Konin, Poland - ~33000 lbs

24.   Stary Lichen (or Lichen Stary), Konin, Poland - ~25600 lbs

28A.   Cracow, Poland - ~24200 lbs

 

Spain

13.   Toledo, Spain - ~32100 lbs

40.   Pamplona, Spain - ~22200 lbs

63.   Valencia, Valenciana, Spain - ~16570 lbs

71.   Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain - 14683 lbs

73.   Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain - 13693 lbs

102.   Seville, Spain - ~11800 lbs

 

Czech Republic
(formerly part of Czechoslovakia)

17.   Praha (Prague), Czechslovakia - ~29760 lbs

 

Greece

20.   Mount Athos - ~28600 lbs

 

Bulgaria

24.   Sofia, Bulgaria - ~24200 lbs

 

Vaticano

27.   Vaticano (Vatican City) - ~24200 lbs

 

Malta

31.   Valletta, Malta - 24027 lbs

78.   Valletta, Malta - ~14330 lbs

107.   Victoria, Gozo, Malta - 10010 lbs

108.   Xewkija, Gozo, Malta - 9954 lbs

 

Switzerland

32.   Bern, Switzerland - ~23260 lbs

65.   Fribourg (Freiburg), Switzerland - ~16100 lbs

79.   Flanthey, Valais, Switzerland - ~14110 lbs

84.   Geneva, Switzerland - ~13200 lbs

116.   Saint-Maurice, Lower-Valais, Switzerland - ~8820 lbs

 

Netherlands

43.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 21670 lbs

47.   Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands - 20283 lbs

52.   Delft, Netherlands - ~19300 lbs

57.   Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands - ~17300 lbs

72.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 14595 lbs

75.   Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands - ~14550 lbs

76.   Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands - ~14550 lbs

87.   Den Haag, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - ~13200 lbs

89.   Rotterdam, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 12365 lbs

90.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 12365 lbs

96.   Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands - 12125 lbs

97.   Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands - 12125 lbs

104.   Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands - ~10400 lbs

106.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 10165 lbs

111.   Venray, Limburg, Netherlands - 9150 lbs

113.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 8890 lbs

 

Belgium

51.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - 17990 lbs

54.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - 17990 lbs

57.   Maredsous, Namur, Belgium - ~17600 lbs

67.   Leuven, Brabant, Belgium - 15644 lbs

74.   Brussels, Belgium - ~14550 lbs

81.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~13670 lbs

82.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~13670 lbs

85.   Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~13200 lbs

86.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - ~13200 lbs

98.   Leuven, Brabant, Belgium - ~12000 lbs

99.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~12000 lbs

101.   Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - 11863 lbs

103.   Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium - 11684 lbs

110.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - 9830 lbs

112.   Ath, Hainaut, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

114.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

115.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

 

Finland

44.   Pyhäsalmi, Finland - ~17000 lbs

 

Ukraine

28A.   Kiev, Ukraine - ~24000 lbs

56.   Kiev, Ukraine - ~17000 lbs

 

Luxembourg

69.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 15399 lbs

70.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 15036 lbs

93.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 12192 lbs


References:

John Ketteringham's collection of recordings of notable bells


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