New Notre Dame bells make harmonious history

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2013 at 8:25 am •  Published: February 4, 2013
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Jean-Marie, Maurice, Benoit-Joseph, Steven, Marcel, Dennis, Anne-Genevieve, Gabriel will ring together with Mary to add a harmony to the French gothic landmark, not heard since 1789.

Travelers have come far and wide to catch a glimpse of the bronze giants — on public display until Feb. 25.

"I came from Spain, just for today to see them," 21-year-old Eugenia Santos said. "Notre Dame and the bells are famous thanks to the church and also Victor Hugo ... With more bells, maybe Quasimodo won't be so lonely anymore."

"It's a great event," Sister Dorothee Noel Raharitafitasoa, of Madagascar, said.

Testament to the international pull of Notre Dame — with its 20 million annual visitors — on each bell is written "Via viatores quaerit," latin for "I am the path looking for travelers."

Each dome has a unique and different patterning, some with shiny, matte and etched sections, and each chime to a beautiful different pitch.

The first time revelers will able to hear the new pealing will be on March 23, just in time for Palm Sunday and Easter week.

Mary will soon be hoisted up to the gothic south tower ready to sound out — echoed by other eight in the north tower — over the medieval gargoyles, historic rooftops, and the snaking Seine River.

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