South tower
   Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
     (The Royal Church)
   Plaza de San Francisco el Grande
   Gran Via de S.Fr. at Carrera de S.Fr.
   San Buenaventura, 1
   Madrid, Spain
   LL: N 40.41037, W 3.71434
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   Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
   Plaza de San Francisco el Grande
   San Buenaventura, 1
   E-25005 Madrid
   T: 91 365 3800


   Disused.  Building open to visitors
   Tu-Sa 11a-1p & 4p-7p (tour fee).


   Derelict ring of 8

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument (without any workable playing mechanism) of  8 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   There are no added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1882
     with bells made by Warner      
   Year of latest technical information source is 2006


From the foremost Spanish (and Catalan) Website about bells:  details of each bell in the two towers, with additional "fotos de la campana" available;  a set of seven pages of photos about the building and its belfries, including pictures of groups of bells;  and a copy of Ranald Clouston's 1956 report on the bells (in English).  (Regrettably, their condition has not improved since then.)

A building photo from the World 66 travel guide; the south tower is at the left.

A Wikipedia article (in Spanish) about the Basilica includes a photo of the building from the front, with both belfries clearly visible, and also a photo of the Basilica from the south side, with the south tower clearly visible.

A travel guide's description of the building includes a small photo.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Warner bellfoundry, 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.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Spain.


   This page was built from the database on 14-Nov-07
   based on textual data last updated on 2007/11/02
   and on technical data last updated on 2007/01/03

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