Meet The New Bells Of Notre Dame

The nine bells, replacing Notre Dame’s famously out-of-tune set, were made the medieval way. (With FIRE.)

1. On Saturday, the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral welcomed nine new bells, in celebration of the cathedral’s upcoming 850th anniversary (March 23).

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2. The bells were designed to have the same weight, diameter, and sound as Notre Dame’s bells from the French Revolution, which were melted and used as cannons.

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3. This is the French bell foundry in Normandy where seven of the bells were made.

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4. The foundry, Cornille Havard, was reportedly chosen because it uses medieval casting methods.

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5. Here, the workers make the “Anne-Genevieve” bell…

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6. …while Bishop Bernard Lagoutte and father Frank Bajada watch over.

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9. Another bell, the “Benoit Joseph,” was protected in the corner. “Anne-Genevieve” was the last bell to be made.

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10. On Jan. 31, the bells were transported to Notre Dame.

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13. This bell — the largest of the nine — reportedly weighs 6 tons and plays in G-sharp.

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15. Next up, the “Gabriel.”

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16. Each bell has a unique look and pattern. But all have the same inscription — “Via viatores quaerit,” Latin for “I am the path looking for travelers.”

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