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I wonder if anyone of you has heard Russian bells. For me, they are fantastic and different from the bells in other parts of the world.
Russian Orthodox bell ringing has a history starting from the baptism of Rus in 988 and plays an important role in the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church.The use of bells is not only practical, but is also considered to be spiritual. Bells are sometimes referred to as "singing icons", because they establish the acoustic space of an Orthodox temple just as painted icons and hymnography define its visual and noetic space, respectively. Icons are considered "scripture in image" as bells are "scripture in sound". Technically, bells rung in the Russian tradition are sounded exclusively by chiming (i.e., moving only the clapper so that it strikes the side of a stationary bell) and never by swinging the bell. For the Russian tradition a special complex system of ropes is used, designed individually for each belltower. All the ropes are gathered at approximately one point, where the bell-ringer (zvonar) stands. Some ropes (the smaller ones) are played by hand. The bigger ropes are played by foot.No melody is employed, as in the Western carillon, but rather a complicated polyrhythmical sequence of sounds is produced. Generally, a good Russian bell is tuned to produce a whole scale of sounds (up to several dozen of them). This effect is accomplished both by the composition of the alloy from which the bell is cast and the sculpting of the sides of the bell in the mold. (after Wikipedia)

In Kizhi pogost there is a bell tower that is possible to climb. Of course, I went there. But strange enough, I was the only one from the group up there. The view was very beautiful. Here I want just to show the set of the bells of different sizes, with the ropes. The wooden domes are of the winter church.

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Bell operated by foot

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