Great Bells of Europe
by country

Here are listed 95 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, peals, 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 (and sequenced) are the great bells of the British Isles and the great bells of Russia.  Separately listed but not separately sequenced are the great bells of Germany, bearing the 39 sequence numbers which are not included below.

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.  Bells of the same (estimated) weight share a sequence number, and are distinguished by a capital letter appended to it (e.g., 55A, 55B).


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),   Vatican (1),   Malta (4),   Switzerland (6+),   Netherlands (18+),   Hungary (1),   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

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

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

 

Austria

4.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 44383 lbs

14.   Salzburg, Austria - 31429 lbs

36.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 22930 lbs

28.   Mösern, Tirol, Austria - 22443 lbs

51.   Innsbruck, Austria - 19950 lbs

72.   Innsbruck, Austria - 15803 lbs

99A.   Wien (Vienna), Austria - 12566 lbs

 

Portugal

5.   Lisbon, Portugal - ~44000 lbs

32B.   Mafra, Portugal - ~23100 lbs

46.   Mafra, Portugal - ~21253 lbs

52.   Mafra, Portugal - ~19900 lbs

 

France

6.   Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France - ~44000 lbs

7.   Paris, France - 41524 lbs

9.   Sens, Yonne, France - 35780 lbs

16.   Sens, Yonne, France - 30115 lbs

21.   Paris, France - ~28200 lbs

32C.   Metz, Moselle, France - ~23100 lbs

35.   Reims, Marne, France - ~22950 lbs

42.   Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France - ~22000 lbs

53.   Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France - ~22950 lbs

74.  Dunkerque (Dunkirk), Nord, France - ~15500 lbs

77.   Auch, Gers (Pays d'Oc), France - 22000 lbs

107A.   Douai, Nord, France - ~12000 lbs

110A.   Chambéry, Savoie, France - ~12000 lbs

122.   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

41.   Pamplona, Spain - ~22200 lbs

68.   Valencia, Valenciana, Spain - ~16570 lbs

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

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

115.   Seville, Spain - ~11800 lbs

 

Czech Republic
(formerly part of Czechoslovakia)

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

 

Greece

20.   Mount Athos - ~28600 lbs

 

Bulgaria

22.   Sofia, Bulgaria - ~24200 lbs

 

Vaticano

28B.   Vaticano (Vatican City) - ~24200 lbs

 

Malta

31.   Valletta, Malta - 24027 lbs

86.   Valletta, Malta - ~14330 lbs

124.   Victoria, Gozo, Malta - 10010 lbs

125.   Xewkija, Gozo, Malta - 9954 lbs

 

Switzerland

43.   Bern, Switzerland - 21915 lbs

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

87A.   Flanthey, Valais, Switzerland - ~14110 lbs

89.   Bern, Switzerland - 14100 lbs

94A.   Geneva, Switzerland - ~13200 lbs

134C.   Saint-Maurice, Lower-Valais, Switzerland - ~8820 lbs

 

Netherlands

44.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 21670 lbs

50.   Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands - 20283 lbs

55.   Delft, Netherlands - ~19300 lbs

62A.   Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands - ~17300 lbs

69.   Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands - ~17300 lbs

79.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 14595 lbs

81B.   Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands - ~14550 lbs

81C.   Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands - ~14550 lbs

94D.   Den Haag, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - ~13200 lbs

99B.   Rotterdam, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 12365 lbs

102.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 12365 lbs

107B.   Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands - 12125 lbs

107C.   Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands - 12125 lbs

117.   Rotterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands - 11405 lbs

121.   Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands - ~10400 lbs

123.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 10165 lbs

132.   Venray, Limburg, Netherlands - 9150 lbs

133.   Dordrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands - 8890 lbs

 

Hungary

49.   Budapest, Hungary - 20400 lbs

 

Belgium

54.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - 17990 lbs

57.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - 17990 lbs

58C.   Maredsous, Namur, Belgium - ~17600 lbs

73.   Leuven, Brabant, Belgium - 15644 lbs

81A.   Brussels, Belgium - ~14550 lbs

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

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

94B.   Bruges/Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~13200 lbs

94C.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - ~13200 lbs

110B.   Leuven, Brabant, Belgium - ~12000 lbs

110C.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~12000 lbs

114.   Bruges/Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - 11863 lbs

116.   Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium - 11684 lbs

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

131.   Ath, Hainaut, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

134A.   Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

134B.   Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - ~8800 lbs

 

Finland

58A.   Pyhäsalmi, Finland - ~17000 lbs

 

Ukraine

28C.   Kiev, Ukraine - ~24000 lbs

58B.   Kiev, Ukraine - ~17000 lbs

 

Luxembourg

75.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 15399 lbs

76.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 15036 lbs

106.   Echternach, Luxembourg - 12192 lbs


References:

John Ketteringham's collection of recordings of notable bells


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