Ringing the Bells for Peace and Heritage in Europe


In order to mark the United Nation's annual day of non-violence and cease-fire as part of the fortieth International Day of Peace (World Peace Day) and the opening of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021 in Venice, Italy on September 21, the Europa Nostra organization held its fourth annual Ringing the Bells for Peace and Heritage event. On Tuesday, September 21 all of the bells of the city of Venice were rung at noon. Europa Nostra called upon people throughout Europe to join this initiative and ring their bells of their towers on September 21 at noon as well. The event was livestreamed from the campanile on Venice's Saint Mark's Square as well as from other historical sites in Venice. After showing the bells of the campanile and those of the church San Francesco della vigna ringing viewers were taken on a campanological tour of Europe.

It started with a bell ringing in the south tower of the National Palace in Mafra, Portugal followed by the
music of Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony which is the hymn of the European Union played by the carillonneur Abel Chaves on the palace carillon and accompanied by the trumpet player João Milheiro. It was followed by the sound of the carillon of the Peace Palace in the Hague, the Netherlands and bells being rung in the following other venues throught Europe: the bell tower in Çorum and in Hatussa, Turkey, the churches Campo bandiera e moro, Venice and Parroquia matriz de San Lorenzo in Las Palmas, Spain, the Suomenlinna Church in Helsinki, Finland, a chapel and the Church of Panagia tou Vounou in Folegandros, Greece, the monastery Santo Toribio de Liébana in Spain, the Cathedral of Saint-Omer in Saint-Omer, France, the Church of Saint Justa and Rufina in Orihuela, Spain, the Convento de Jesus in Setúbal, Portugal, the Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, the city hall of Oslo, Norway, the cathedral and Diocesana Museum in Santarem, Portugal, the Cathedral of Santa Maria de València in València, Spain, the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast, Montenegro, the Dečani Monastery, Kosovo, Saint John's Cathedral, Saint Mary's Cathedral, the Lady of Our Grace Cathedral and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Nicosia, Cyprus, the Church of Our Lady of Sinj in Sinj, Croatia, a medieval church in Guraseda in the county of Hunedoara and the wooden churches in Bozna and Butoiu de Sus, Romania, the Mother Church in Alcáçovas, Portugal, the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Trenčín Castle, Trenčín, Slovakia, the San Pedro Church in Évora Monte, Portugal, the Enderrocat Fortress in Cap Rocat, Mallorca, Spain, the Gjirokastra Historical Centre in Gjirocastra, Albania, the Zionskirche in Berlin, Germany, the Church of Santa Maria de Mediavilla in Peñafiel and the Church of Jesuitas València in València, Spain and the Church of San Lazzaro dell'Abbazia Mechitarista in Venice, Italy. On September 21 at noon the automatic of the Carillon in Berlin-Tiergarten played the melody of Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony which is the hymn of the European Union.

Click here to listen to Beethoven's Ode to Joy from his Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 in D minor arranged for carillon by Jeffrey Bossin for the automatic of the Carillon in Berlin-Tiergarten.