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Christmas bells at Perpignan Cathedral
17th December 2020 - 25th December 2020
From 17th to 25th December, the 46 bells of the cathedral of Perpignan and the newly-inaugurated Peace Bell will ring out Christmas advent music every day between 5.30pm and 6pm, as ‘carillonneurs’ (bell ringers), Elizabeth Vitu and Laurent Pie, work their magic at the cathédrale Saint Jean Baptiste.
On the 24th, the bells will announce Midnight Mass, ringing from 11.30pm to midnight and again on the 25th from 10.30am to 11am to announce the Christmas Day Mass.
The bells, commissioned in 1872 by 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 cathédrale 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: in front of the cathedral