Ring of bells of the former Hamburg Cathedral

Foto: AMH1000/1100

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

During the excavations in the Cathedral Square (Domplatz), the remains of a casting pit for bells from the 11th century were discovered. The finding was so well preserved that two of the bells could be reconstructed and re-poured at the bell foundry Rincker in Sinn (Hessen). The smaller bell shown here weights 155 kilograms and has a diameter of 62.8 centimetres. The wall thickness of the bell is up to 16 millimetres and its strike note is on ‘D’. The bell's oscillation period is about 145 seconds; even modern bells rarely achieve this.

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  • Title: Ring of bells of the former Hamburg Cathedral
  • Creator: Foto: AMH
  • Date: Middle Age
  • Date Created: 1000/1100
  • Location: Hamburg-Altstadt, Domplatz
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Bells
  • Medium: Bronze

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