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4 November 2020

The Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin got its new bells

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Today, November 4, on Russia’s National Unity Day, the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin got its renewed sounding with the new bells having been installed on the tower’s bell tier. President of Russia Vladimir Putin was among the first to listen to the tower’s full octave sounding.

President Putin was joined by Olga Lubimova, Russia’s Minister of Culture. “For almost a month the clock and chimes of the Spasskaya Tower were silent. Well in the past, during the tsarist times, the tower used to have 35 bells, but part of them was lost. It took a whole month to carry out a series of complex technical works, meanwhile the chimes kept silent. And today 23 new bells, cast in Voronezh, have sounded with all their great might and glory”.

Works on equipping the tower with a number of new bells have been taking place since 2017 following the initiative of the Public Council of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival with participation of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called.

Mr Sergey Khlebnikov, member of the Spasskaya Tower Festival Public Council, who served as the Moscow Kremlin Commandant from 2004 to March 2020, noted that the specialists responsible for the works remained happy with the results. Twelve new and eleven already existing bells were finetuned to perform four times a day the Anthem of Russia and Glinka’s «Glory, Be» using a new full-octave.

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