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HAND EMBROIDERED VESTMENTS FROM SLOVAKIA 

THE BELLS OF ST. EGIDIUS IN BARDEJOV

National Historic Monument

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Two of the three bells of this great and ancient cathedral have developed cracks many years ago. At the present time only the smallest bell, originally used for death announcements is in use and working.

All bells have names. The original St. John bell was cast in 1486 by master John Wagner in Spisska Nova Ves, cracked in 1984 and is out of commission since 1990 after several tries to fix the crack failed. The new bell was named also St. John and was cast in the bell foundry of Mrs. Maria Tomasikova-Dytrychova in Brodek u Prerova, Czech Republic, 508 years after the original bell on August 11, 1994. On September 1, 1994, the day of the patron of the cathedral, St. Egidius and the town of Bardejov, it was blessed by the Bishop of Kosice J. E. mons. Alojz Tkac. The cost of the bell was over 2 million Slovak crowns. 1/2 million was donated by the city. 100,000.00 was donated personally by the President of the Slovak Republic Ing. Michal Kovac and the rest was collected from the people of Bardejov.

The largest bell of the Cathedral of St. Egidius is named St. Urban and it was cast in September 1574, in Polish town Tarnov, by their master Jonh and his son, also John. This bell since it is bigger it will be more expensive and so far the donations include 1 million from the city of Bardejov, 100,000.00 from a private local company Bapos, 125,000.00 was collected during blessing of St. John's bell, 700,000.00 was collected through household's collections and they still need 1 million to be able to cast the new bell of St. Urban.

Last December during my second visit to St. Egidius I had a pleasure of viewing the newly cast bell of St. John currently on display in the cathedral.

At the Mayor's office and  in attendance of deputy mayor Mr. Tarcala I have given the Sv. Egidius fund a check for 5300.00 Sk. That equates to about $ 185.00. We collected only $85.00 from our members and $100.00 was donated by the society.

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 3, No. 2, Summer 1995
Copyright Vladimir Linder 1995
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