Kremlin - Tsar Bell, Moscow

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    The Tsar Bell

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 7, 2008

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    The enormous Tsar Bell is an impressive 6.14 meters in height, 6.6 meters in diameter and weighs some 200 tons, making it the largest bell in the world. The bell's bronze surface is decorated with relief depictions of Tsar Alexei and Empress Anna, who decreed the casting of the first Tsar Bell as well as the one on display today. The first version weighed 130 tons and was cast in 1655, but not hoisted into the belfry of the Assumption Cathedral for another 19 years, where it fell to the ground and immediately shattered in the fire of 1701.

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    Tsar Bell

    by kris-t Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    At the foot of the Ivan the Great Bell-Tower,on a granite base (designed by the Neo - classical French architect Auguste- Richard Montferrand), is the world's largest bell, the 210 ton Tsar Bell.It was cast in the Kremlin by the foundry man Ivan Motorin and his sonMikhail in 1733-35. Russian masters Vasily Kobelev, Piotr Kokhtev, PiotrSerebriakov and others skillfully adorned the surface of the bell withrelief representations of the second Romanov tsar Alexei Mikhailovich andEmpress Anna Ioannovna, five icons and two inscriptions. A fire that sweptMoscow in 1737 also engulfed the Kremlin, and when water was poured onthe hot bell it cracked and an 11.5 ton piece broke off. The bell stands6.14 m (20 ft) high and has a diameter at the base of 6.60 m (22 ft). Itconsists of just under 80 per cent copper.

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    The Tsar Bell

    by tere1 Written Sep 2, 2006

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    The Tsar Bell stands on a large pedestal in the Kremlin not far from the Ivan the Great Bell Tower. This is the largest bell in the world, weighing almost 202 tons and standing more than 6 metres high and 6.6 metres across.

    The story of its construction is marked by a series of almost supernatural misfortunes, as if this white elephant was cursed from conception. During a fire in 1737 overheating and uneven cooling caused a large chunk weighing more than 11 tons to crack from the bell.

    Today visitors to the Kremlin can admire the rich relief work on the bell's exterior, depicting Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, Russian rulers and their patron saints.

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    by aukahkay Written Jul 2, 2006

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    The enormous Tsar Bell is an impressive 6.1 meters in height, 6.6 meters in diameter and weighs some 200 tons, making it the largest bell in the world. The bell's bronze surface is decorated with relief depictions of Tsar Alexei and Empress Anna, who decreed the casting of the Tsar Bell. The current bell on display is actually a re-make of the original Tsar Bell which fell from its belfry and shattered. The current bell was cooling off in the foundry casting pit in 1737 when it came into contact with water, causing an 11-ton chunk of metal to chip off.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2006

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    At the foot of the Ivan the Great Bell-Tower,on a granite base (designed by the Neo - classical French architect Auguste - Richard Montferrand), is the world's largest bell, the 210 ton Tsar Bell. It was cast in the Kremlin by the foundry man Ivan Motorin and his son Mikhail in 1733-35. Russian masters Vasily Kobelev, Piotr Kokhtev, Piotr Serebriakov and others skillfully adorned the surface of the bell with relief representations of the second Romanov tsar Alexei Mikhailovich and Empress Anna Ioannovna, five icons and two inscriptions. A fire that swept Moscow in 1737 also engulfed the Kremlin, and when water was poured on the hot bell it cracked and an 11.5 ton piece broke off. The bell stands 6.14 m (20 ft) high and has a diameter at the base of 6.60 m (22 ft). It consists of just under 80 per cent copper.

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    by luiggi Written Nov 20, 2004
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    The enormous Tsar Bell is an impressive 6.14 meters in height, 6.6 meters in diameter and weighs some 200 tons, making it the largest bell in the world. The bell's bronze surface is decorated with relief depictions of Tsar Alexei and Empress Anna, who decreed the casting of the first Tsar Bell as well as the one on display today.

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    The Tsar Bell inside the Kremlin

    by easyoar Updated Nov 9, 2004

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    The Tsar Bell inside the Kremlin

    This bell has existed in a varity of guises and sizes over many years. It is the largest bell in existence and weighs 200 tons (or about 15 times heavier than the Big Ben bell in London - Note:- Common misperception is that Big Ben is the Clock Tower in London, it isn't, it is the bell inside the clock tower). The cracked segment itself weighs 11 tons. We're talking really heavy metal here.

    The bell has never been properly raised up into a tower. It seems to be just too heavy! One version of the bell weighing a mere 130 tons had an attempt made to raise it into position, but it dropped to the ground and shattered. The pieces salvaged were then used to make this even bigger bell (obviously they thought "If we can't lift 130 tons, we'll make it 50% heavier and lift that one instead"). This new version of the bell cracked in 1737, it was involved in a fire and got red hot. Some genius decided to pour cold water over it to cool it down, and the sudden contractions of the rapidly cooling bell caused it to crack! The bell has been in its current location here in the Kremlin since 1836.

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    Kremlin - Tsar Bell

    by don_kam Updated Jan 10, 2004
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    This is the world's biggest bell: Tsar-Kolokol. This is a 202-tonne bell that never rang.

    It was cast in the 1730s for Empress Anna Ivanovna using remains of Tsar Alexey's 130-tonne 1655 version, which had shattered in a fall from its own special belfry in a 1701 fire.

    The bell was still cooling off in the foundry casting pit in 1737 when water that was being poured on still another Kremlin fire came into contact with the bell, causing an 11-tonne chunk to chip off.

    After 100 years, the damaged bell was taken out of the pit and put on the pesdestal in 1836 by the architect Monferrand.

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    by Canadienne Written Oct 15, 2003

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    Reported to be the largest in the world, the gigantic Tsar Bell weighs over 200 tonnes. It had been resting in its mold in 1701 when a fire broke out in the Kremlin. Cold water was poured on it to put out the flames and a piece weighing over ten tonnes broke off.

    The bell is interesting for a brief moment's examination (and photo opportunity), but you'll have to be patient with the crowds, as everyone seems to want their picture taken here. I was happy to get these three young girls in the shot though. . .

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    Tsar Kolokol - The Tsar´s Bell

    by MEdelmann Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    The Tsar ��s bell


    The Tsar bell is one of the biggest and heaviest bells in the world. Its high is 6,14 meters and weight is 210 tons. It was poured by Iwan Motorin and his son Michail between 1733 and 1735. It wears a portrait of Tsar Aexij Michailowitsch and Anna Iwanowa.

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    Tsar Bell

    by SirRichard Written Jan 12, 2003

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    see how small people seem...

    Also inside the Kremlin, this enormous bell (biggest in the world too) has a curious story:
    It was constructed to be the biggest and clearest sounding bell in the world. BUT, before the bell was raised, it cracked in a fire in 1737 and has never sounded...

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    TSAR-BELL and TSAR CANNON

    by lidia664 Written Jan 8, 2003

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    IVAN'S SQUARE is there right behind the tall walls of Ivan the Great Bell-Tower. There, on a stone pedestal at the foot of the Bell-Tower stands the TSAR-BELL, a remarkable monument to the Russian foundry masters. It has a dramatic history. Once lifted up to the Bell-Tower, it felt down and split off during the fire of 1737. Only 100 years later it was placed on a stone pedestal. This is the largest bell in the world, which weighs 210 tons. The bell stands 6.14 m (20 ft) high and has a diameter at the base of 6.60 m (22 ft). It consists of just under 80 per cent copper.

    Close to the Tsar-Bell there is another monument, the TSAR CANNON. This is the largest cannon in the world, but it also has a dramatic history, it had never fired. It was cast of bronze in 1586 by the Russian master. It weighs nearly 40 tons and has a barrel 5.34 m (17 ft) long and a bore of 890 mm (35 in).The cannon balls weigh a ton each.

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    The Kremlin - The Tsar Bell

    by floss1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It is the biggest bell in the world. It was cast in the 1730's for Empress Anna Ivanovna and it weighs 202 tonne. It had an accident causing an 11 tonne chunk to chip off. It is impressive to walk around.

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    Tsar Bell.

    by vichatherly Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    Tsar Bell

    Built to warn the residents of Moscow of invasion. Never rang due to the fact that it cracked during production. The salt mines for them then.

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