The first and the biggest bell of those six from the National Redemption Cathedral to be erected in Bucharest is weighing 25 tons and measuring 3.3m high, as priest Nicolae Cringasu, patriarchal councilor told Trinitas TV. Boasting as the largest bell in Europe, it will have a proper resonance, being designed to be heard in almost half of city once installed in the cathedral.
The bell was molded in Innsbruck, Austria, with costs mounting to almost half million euros.
25 experts from all over Europe have worked to make the bell. It is made of 78% electrolytic copper and 22 electrolytic tin. After it was molded, it needed to quench for about three weeks.
A bass relief of Patriarch Daniel, the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, is engraved on this bell.
The giant bell will arrive to Romania on May 15, while the cathedral’s shell building is expected to be concluded this year.
The building is designed to withstand magnitude 8.5 quakes and to resist for minimum 500 years.
The plan of the cathedral complex includes a cathedral building, a soup kitchen with capacity for 1,000, two hotels and parking for about 500 cars. The cathedral is designed with seating for approximately 6,000 worshipers, a greater than tenfold increase on the current Patriarchal cathedral. As a matter of fact it is estimated to be the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world if completed.
The sheer size of the building drew criticism from various sources, including foreign media, which named it “a pharaoh-like project” and frequently compared it to the former dictator Ceausescu’s megalomania for huge building.
The Cathedral works started on December 23, 2011.