Why do the bells ring every hour?
This system had been imagined for ancient times, where the whole life of people was modeled on these ringtones. It is in relation to the latter that we knew when to start work, when to stop it, when to eat. That’s why fewer and fewer clocks still do it.
The Angelus prayer times generally correspond to seven o’clock, noon and seven o’clock. In a society without individual clocks, this announcement punctuates life at work, while reciting the Angelus aims to dedicate the day to God.
In the Catholic Church, the bells materialize the voice of God and signal the existence of Paradise. And for lack of modern means of communication, the bells serve as much as a clock as a warning of fires or floods.
Its diameter at the base is 2.62 m for a thickness of 21 cm. It weighs 13 tons, including 500 kilos for its leaf. In the north tower, four bells ensure the daily ringing of the offices of the Cathedral. They weigh between two and three tons each. The ringing of the bells punctuates the life of the faithful, marks the solemnity of the offices.
The bell The largest of Notre-Dame’s bells is located in the south tower. In campanology, it is called “bumblebee”. It rings for special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, or All Saints’ Day and during events such as the death or the election of the Pope.
They weigh between two and three tons each. The ringing of the bells punctuates the life of the faithful, marks the solemnity of the offices. For all Parisians, they give the time according to the number of strokes of the leaf, or warn of the great moments in the history of France.