Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
   Green Street at Van Ness Avenue
   San Francisco, California, USA
   LL: N 37.79772, W 122.42422
*Former location (1888-1906):
   Powell Street near Columbus Street
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   Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
   1520 Green Street
   San Francisco, CA  94123
   T: 415-673-8565
   E: info/@/holy-trinity DOTorg




   Five historic bells (largest 5765 lbs)
   cast in 1888 by N.D.Finliandskij,
   Moscow, and donated by Czar Alexander
   III; two cast in America in same time
   period; installed in this building in
   1909 (following SFO fire of 1906).

*Technical data:

   Zvon of  9 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   The whole instrument was installed in unknown year
     with bells made by the maker cited in Remarks above
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2021

The Cathedral Website has 3 pages about the cathedral bells.  Two describe the Orthodox usages of bells, while one has quotes from Edward V. Williams 1985 book regarding the seven historic bells and the maker of the largest.  There is also a photo showing the belfry, with one very large bell; six much smaller ones are visible.

A StreetView image from the east side shows that the octagonal belfry has two levels.  In the upper level, a single moderately-large bell hangs in the center.  In the lower level, a very large bell hangs in the center; the four smallest bells hang in the east opening, the next two in the northeast opening, and the next in the southeast opening.

Blog article about ringing these bells

This instrument having been made by a variety of founders, it is not indexed as such.

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

Index to all zvons in the USA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in CA.

   This page was built from the database on 25-Jul-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/07/22
   and on technical data last updated on 2022/07/22

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