Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eighteen-ton Nevsky bell to pass through Urals city of Yekaterinburg

Last Wednesday, a procession of Russian Orthodox Christians traveled through Yekaterinburg with the 18-ton Alexander Nevsky bell as part of a 1,553-mile procession from Kamensk to St. Petersburg.

During the procession from the Urals to St. Petersburg, the bell will stop in 12 cities. Upon arriving in St. Petersburg, the Nevsky bell will be installed as the main bell in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity's belfry, RIA Novosti reports.

"This will be the main bell-- Alexander Nevsky," Andrei Diachkov, a clergyman and procession coordinator at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, according to RIA Novosti. "There are only 15 bells and [Nevsky] will be the main evangelist."

The procession of the Nevsky bell was organized by the Russian Orthodox Church to commemorate the 290th anniversary of the translation of the relics of the Holy Prince.

"The bell is made unusual," a procession organizer said, RIA Novosti reports. "Three filigree artisans who tried to every face was visible, every letter is visible with ornaments and decorations. We wanted to show it to a lot of people. Symbolically, it crosses the entire Russia from the Urals to the northwestern border. I think it to be a serious cause for spiritual and cultural associations of the people in our country."

Named after Russian Saint Alexander Nevsky, the Nevsky bell is unique in its construction. Inscribed in the lower portion of the bell is, "God is not in force, and in truth"--a famous quote from Nevsky.

The 18-ton bell is unique in its construction and produces an unusually high tone for an object its size. It was cast in an alloy of 80 percent tin and 20 percent copper. Church officials have noted that the Nevsky bell delivers pleasing harmonics when rang alongside other bells, according to RIA Novosti.

The Nevsky bell will arrive in St. Petersburg on July 28 after nearly two months of travel. Upon arriving at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, crews will use a special 200-ton crane to install it.