First bell of the Bucharest National Cathedral cast in Austria


Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – November 2016

The first of the six bells of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral was cast in Innsbruck, Austria, weighing 25 tones. The bell that will ring from the tower of the National Cathedral in Bucharest was cast Friday, 11 November 2016, with the effort of three generations of metallurgical engineers, Trinitas TV reported.

Today was a day of culmination in the molding and casting of the largest bell of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral. The work itself was a synthesis of attention and high specialty in metal engineering. This moment had an important spiritual significance for us, given the significance of bells well known by all Christians. Furthermore, we have officiated a service to mark the event, patriarchal adviser, Fr. Nicolae Crîngaşu, said.

After the cooling process that will take up to three weeks, the bell will be removed from the outer shell and will be tuned on tone C. Made of bronze, the bell will have a pure sound, given both the quality of materials, and the technique used. Measuring 3.3 meters high and 3.3 meters wide, the bell molded on November 11 is the largest of the six bells of the National Cathedral in Bucharest. The bells cast in Innsbruck, Austria, have a 15-year warranty and a lifetime of over 400 years.