TRAVEL THEME: Metal #1: The Pummerin

TRAVEL THEME: Metal #1: The Pummerin

I am truly convinced that the bell is a necessity for life, even in the spiritual life. A bell sets order and communion. In our seminary, we used to refer to it as the “Voice of God”… and do I still have to explain?

Here’s a magnificent bell. Folks, meet The Pummerin, which I came in close contact in 2012, during my pilgrimage to Vienna, Austria. The composer Ludwig van Beethoven discovered the totality of his deafness when he saw birds flying out of the bell tower as a result of the bells’ tolling but could not hear the bells. St. Stephen’s Cathedral has 23 bells in total. The largest is officially named for St. Mary, but usually called Pummerin (“Boomer”) and hangs in the north tower. At 20,130 kilograms (44,380 pounds), it is the largest in Austria and the second largest swinging bell in Europe (after the 23,500-kilogram (51,800-pound) Peter in Cologne Cathedral). Originally cast in 1711 from cannons captured from the Muslim invaders, it was recast (partly from its original metal) in 1951 after crashing onto the floor when its wooden cradle burned during the 1945 fire. The new bell has a diameter of 3.14 metres (9.6 ft) and was a gift from the province of Upper Austria. It sounds on only a few special occasions each year, including the arrival of the new year.  (information from Wikipedia)

This is my first entry to Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge: Metal.  Thanks.

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Comments

  1. so true…back in the day, the church bells ring at 6pm prompts us to be on our knees and pray. i miss it.

  2. Hi, I read your blogs regularly. Your writing style is witty, keep it up!

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