South tower
   St.Stephen's Cathedral
   Rotenturmstrasse/Kärntner Strasse
   Wien (Vienna), Austria
   LL: N 48.20824, E 16.37307
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   Verein zur Erhaltung des Stephansdoms
   Stephansplatz 3
   A-1010 Wien
   T: 513 76 48   F: 51552 3746
   E: office /@/ stephansdom DOTat


   Saturday 1745; also on days before a
   holiday, and on holidays before
   the Great Mass (usually 1000).


   Bells by Pfundner, ranging from 5700 kg
   to 35 kg.  This tower also holds
   two clock bells.  The north tower holds
   "Die Pummerin" & 2 other bells (unused).
   The North Roman (or Pagan) tower holds
   6 service bells (5 cast in 1772);
   the South Roman tower's bells were
   destroyed in WW II.  Pre-war 9-bell
   peal was divided among all four towers.

*Technical data:

   Motor-swung peal of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G# in the bass octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1960
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     Previously, the complete instrument of  9 bells was installed
       with bells made by an unknown maker
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1979
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The cathedral Website (in German only) opens with a sound clip (1:17) of Die Pummerin ringing.  There is a page about the history of Die Pummerin under "Restaurierung".  More information can be found under "Der Dom / Der Dom in Detail" by clicking the spot titled "Die Pummerin" in the base of the north tower on the floor plan of the Cathedral.  But there is little mention of this peal.

The German Wikipedia article about the building has details of all the bells.  The third disused bell accompanying the Pummerin in the north tower was restored and relocated in 2017 to its original location in the north Roman (or pagan) tower.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all European chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all European chimes by year of completion.

Where the bass bell of this peal ranks among all great bells in Europe.
Where "Die Pummerin" ranks among all great bells in Europe.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Austria.

   This page was built from the database on 15-Nov-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/11/11
   and on technical data last updated on 1991/11/21

(none available)

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