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THE BELLS OF ST. EGIDIUS, BARDEJOV

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The second bell of the Cathedral of St. Egidius in Bardejov, St. Urban was cast on June 19 at 3:20 P.M. in the bell foundry of Mrs. Maria Tomasikova-Dytrichova in Brodek u Prerova in Moravia. St. Urban weights 4 metric tones. To cast the bell they used 5 tones of copper and zinc, 77% of copper and 23% of zinc, bit of salt and pepper. They said same as you add flavor to the food, according to old bell casting custom, you must flavor the bell. Bells are the sound dominant of every locality in the old towns and villages in Slovakia. There is a relation between the bells and people there from the birth until death because the bell is somehow a guide of the human life. Person should be able to recognize whether the bell is calling him to prayer, announcing the time of the day, if it's crying about someone death or ringing with happiness and in celebration of some one's important visit.

Both bells were placed into their permanent place in the bell tower of the cathedral together with electric and electronic operating system by the end of July.

On September 1, 1993 the day of St. Egidius, the patron of the gothic cathedral and the town of Bardejov, both bells were ringing for the first time.

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 3, No. 3, Fall 1995
Copyright Vladimir Linder 1995
3804 Yale Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 1P6
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