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Largest Bell in the World at Cologne Cathedral is Silenced
The Eponymous Flower ^ | 01/06/2011 | Tancred

Posted on 01/07/2011 8:00:51 AM PST by 0beron

Largest free swinging bell in the world: Shortly before the Epiphany Mass the clapper of the 24 ton bell -- The "decke Pitter" is the German Peace Bell.

Cologne (kath.net/KAP) Shock in the Cologne Cathedral: The bell known as "Decker Pitter" by the locals is silenced. On Thursday morning the clapper with a 3.24 Meter diameter and with a weight of 24 tons, the largest free swinging bell in the world, fell. The cause is still unknown. Possibly there was some material weakening in the structure connecting the clapper to the bell itself. No one was injured as the Cathedral Provost said to the Cologne "Express".

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History; Worship
KEYWORDS: bells; cathedral; cologne; peace

1 posted on 01/07/2011 8:00:54 AM PST by 0beron
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To: 0beron

Note person standing below bell. It was cast in 1922.

2 posted on 01/07/2011 8:03:58 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: 0beron

Clap on [clap clap]
Clap off [clap clap]


3 posted on 01/07/2011 8:05:05 AM PST by DManA
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To: 0beron

4 posted on 01/07/2011 8:05:43 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Call Joe Friday, we’ve got another ‘clapper caper’ for him.


5 posted on 01/07/2011 8:06:10 AM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
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To: 0beron

48,000 lb clapper? Wow.. the damage that thing must have done when it fell.


6 posted on 01/07/2011 8:07:46 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

The article specifies that the clapper itself was 800 kg (1,760 lbs or 0.9 tons).


7 posted on 01/07/2011 8:11:35 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake
the clapper with a 3.24 Meter diameter and with a weight of 24 tons

Article says it wrong...

8 posted on 01/07/2011 8:13:52 AM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: Onelifetogive
They are getting it all backwards because they are translating from German to English ~ someone forgot to notice that the BELL is one thing and the CLAPPER is another.

We have some specialists in FR who know how to fix German stuff.

9 posted on 01/07/2011 8:17:53 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: 0beron

When I saw the headline, I assumed it was “silenced” due to Muslim complaints. I’m glad to see it was a mechanical issue that can be resolved.

Cynical? You bet!


10 posted on 01/07/2011 8:19:18 AM PST by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is mandatory stupidity.)
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To: 0beron

Let me guess......someone was offended.....sarc off/


11 posted on 01/07/2011 8:19:50 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Disambiguator

I had the same reactions! LOL!


12 posted on 01/07/2011 8:21:44 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Onelifetogive
You know, if there were are real schools of journalism left in the US,
that line would make the article a case study on how to confuse the reader.
13 posted on 01/07/2011 8:25:28 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: 0beron

I visited the magnificent and TRULY awesome Koln Cathedral in 1987.

Even back then it was more a museum than an active Church.

Sad.

But hopefully not for long. The Catholic Church is ancient and in Her long history, She has seen many spells of empty and cold secularism before.


14 posted on 01/07/2011 8:29:43 AM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: 0beron

I’ll miss hearing that bell in the morning.


15 posted on 01/07/2011 8:31:06 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer, A Painter, A Politician And The Media Can Change Black To White)
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Joe Biden has agreed to stand in as Ding-A-Ling until repairs are completed.


16 posted on 01/07/2011 8:39:12 AM PST by mcmuffin ( . )( . ) (We're watching you)
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To: Disambiguator

Roger your #10.

Although, FWIW, American family members who have a home in Germany are pleased to see the locals beginning to push back.


17 posted on 01/07/2011 8:42:30 AM PST by frog in a pot (The nation is under attack and the only people on his confidential enemies list are Americans.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
It was cast in 1922.

I guess the whole "peace" thing didn't work out...

18 posted on 01/07/2011 8:48:29 AM PST by Haiku Guy (What we've got here is ... failure to communicate.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
It was cast in 1922.

I guess the whole "peace" thing didn't work out...

19 posted on 01/07/2011 8:48:36 AM PST by Haiku Guy (What we've got here is ... failure to communicate.)
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To: ReverendJames
We live three blocks from our church that rings for 730 mass and at 6pm, it IS very soothing.
20 posted on 01/07/2011 8:49:26 AM PST by Jolla
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To: Jolla

Was just trying to be funny. Too early in the AM I guess.


21 posted on 01/07/2011 9:05:34 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer, A Painter, A Politician And The Media Can Change Black To White)
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To: Disambiguator

I had the very same reaction.


22 posted on 01/07/2011 9:18:20 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: EyeGuy

In 1977, I travelled around France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland to visit a number of Gothic cathedrals, including Koln, Amiens, Rheims, Notre Dame (Paris), St. Michael & St. Gudule (Brussels), and the Munster (Berne). Even back then they seemed like museums, except to the elderly folks.


23 posted on 01/07/2011 9:32:32 AM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: 0beron

Sorry but I just couldn’t take it anymore.


24 posted on 01/07/2011 9:55:25 AM PST by bkepley
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LOL... anyway, bell ringing used to be an office in the Church, a bell ringer was a serious office with the bell ringer responsible for taking care of the bell, especially when the temperatures got too cold.

Perhaps if they had a bell ringer full time, assuming they don’t, we could have avoided this...

The Bell Ringer treated his bells like any experienced tradesman, with great love and religious devotion.

Bells each receive a name when they’re consecrated, and it’s said traditionally, that the peal of the bells drives away devils.

Thanks for y’all’s comments on the thread.


25 posted on 01/07/2011 10:24:28 AM PST by 0beron
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