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Feb 12, 2013

New Bells for Notre Dame- Paris

"What could be a more romantic place to be during the month of February than Paris? In fact, it’s the official Month of Romanticism , so take advantage of all of the delightfully romantic things
 to see and do in Paris.
 Whether you’re single or not, there’s something for everyone, and if you do happen to be single, perhaps you will meet your dream mate while enjoying the City of Light.

Worth visiting : the new bells of Notre Dame have arrived! The celebrations for the cathedral’s 850th birthday began December 12th 2012, and will continue until November 24th 2013.

Eight of the nine new bells were cast in Villedieu-les-Poêles, a town in Lower Normandy known as
 " the city of copper "

  The new bells arrived in Paris to the monument by flatbed trucks on January 31st 2013.

The eight bells together weigh 23 tons

  The new bells will be on display until 
February 25th   2013,
 and will ring for the first time on March 23rd 
in honour of Palm Sunday and Easter week.

Each of the nine bells are engraved. The eight smaller ones are engraved with saint’s names- Jean-Marie, Maurice, Benoit-Joseph, Steven, Marcel, Dennis, Anne-Genevieve, Gabriel.

The  ninth, largest bell, known as a “Bourdon” (Great Bell), cast in Holland, is over 6,000 kilos.
   The Great Bell is engraved with the French words to “Hail Mary” and is in fact named Marie."

They replace those which are now discordant.

Happy Valentine's
x x

I dedicate this post to my dear friend who bare the same name

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Images via google images.


The Blue Farmhouse said...

Oh Colette will I ever be able to visit outside the US? Paris would be a dream...perhaps I should put it on my bucket list. Happy Valentine's Day to YOu!:)


Dianne said...

Amazing new bells ... your capture of Notre Dame by night is beautiful.

"All Things French"

Notes From ABroad said...

How wonderful ! My birthday is March 23rd .. ring a bell :)

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

Oh how interesting. We visited Notre Dame last September. I'll have to check out the new bells when I go back this year!

Lisa said...

Thank you for the information about the bells at Notre Dame. I had no idea. I'll be visiting Paris in May and look forward to seeing them.
P.S. I love your blog!