Lower belfry, south tower Palace Mafra, Lisboa, Portugal LL: N 38.93675, W 9.32707
Abel Chaves Francisco Gato Ana Elias Sara Elias
(None - tower closed)
Old bells by Willem Witlockx (Antwerp) & van Aerschodt. Restoration/expansion followed the Witlockx profiles. Also 4 swinging bells in middle belfry, cast in Portugal, plus 3 clock bells in upper belfry; hour bell estimated at 10 1/2 tonnes.
Traditional carillon of 53 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is F in the bass octave Transposition is down 2 semitone(s) Keyboard range: C C 49/ G G 24 There is one missing bass semitone The instrument was enlarged in 1986 with 7 bells made by Eijsbouts Prior history: In 1730, the instrument was begun with 47 bells by the maker cited in Remarks above (46 bells remain from that work.) Year of latest technical information source is 2006
Waymarking page, with 2 photos of the building
Set of photos of the Convent of Mafra, with several different perspectives of the bell towers.
Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries,
in this region
and in the world.
(The work by vanAerschodt being unclear, it is not yet indexed.)
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Ranking among all European traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all European traditional carillons by year of completion.
Where the bass bell of this carillon ranks among all great bells in Europe.
Index to all traditional carillons in Portugal.
Index to all tower bell instruments in Portugal.
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