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Christmas bells at Perpignan Cathedral
17th December 2016 - 25th December 2016
17th to 25th December 2016
From 17th to 25th December, the 46 bells of the cathedral of Perpignan will ring out Christmas advent music every day between 17h30 and 18h00, as ‘carillonneurs’ (bell ringers) Laurent Pie and Elizabeth Vitu work their magic at Perpignan Cathedral, situated in between the église Saint-Jean-le-Vieux and the cathedral, in Perpignan.
On 24th, the bells will bong out from 23h30 to midnight and again on 25th from 10h30 to 11h00.
The bells, commissioned in 1872 Jean-Francois Metge and exhibited at the 1878 World’s Fair in Paris, were installed in the cathedral in 1880. They are France’s only fully intact carillon, an instrument of bells played with a wooden keyboard. The 46 bronze bells toll from the Cathedral St. Jean-Baptiste and have endured two world wars and more than 100 years of disuse to become one of France’s unique treasures: a fully intact carillon
Recommended listening place: the front of the cathedral