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The Bell Tower
The landmark towering glass spire of The Bell Tower, which was opened in 2000 as Western Australia‚Äôs Millennium project, is home to the Swan Bells. The Bell Tower is one of the largest musical instruments on earth and was custom built to house the historically significant bells of Saint Martin in the Fields Church, the parish church of Buckingham Palace in Trafalgar Square, London. These bells date back to before the 14th century!  As one of Western Australia's unique attractions, The Bell Tower offers tourists fascinating displays on these famous bells and the ancient art of bell ringing, as well as stunning 360 degree views of Perth city skyline and the Swan River from the sixth floor open air observation deck.  The Bell Tower is the only place in the world where you can view bell ringing in action or where you can even have a go at bell ringing yourself in one of their interactive demonstrations.  Located where the City of Perth meets the Swan River in Barrack Square, just a short five minute stroll from the city of Perth.
Date(s): June 2011. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 86 of 86 Total. 4879 Visits.
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The Bell Tower viewed from The Esplanade

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Approaching the Bell Tower

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Lower section of the Bell Tower

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Northern side of base in detail

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Northern side, looking upwards

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Waiting in the queue to gain entry

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Welcome to the Swan Bells
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The ceiling of the foyer

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Building Directory

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The Mark Creasy Turret Clock
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The Mark Creasy Turret Clock
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The Oldest Bell in Australia
Cast in approximately 1550, this bell was once one of four that rang out from the tower of the parish church at Upton Grey in Hampshire, England.

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The Oldest Bell in Australia
The old timber headstock bears the carved date of 1763. The bell weighs 459 kg, it has a mouth diameter of 920 mm and its original note was approximately A natural.

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The Oldest Bell in Australia
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Bell Display in Glass Cabinet

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Asian Astrolabes

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Crotal Bells

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Crotal Bells

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Cup Bells

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Cup Bells

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Turret Clock from an English Country Estate
This small turret clock movement is believed to have come from the stable block of a country house in the South of England. More information in next photo.

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Turret Clock from an English Country Estate
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Turret Clock from St Ethalburga's Chruch, London
This clock has a remarkable history and comes from one of the most interesting churches in the City of London - St Ethelburga the Virgin, in Bishopsgate. More information in next photo.

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Turret Clock from St Ethalburga's Chruch, London
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Large Bell on display

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View of Swan River from Level 2

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Shadow of the Bell Tower from Level 2

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Grandfather Clock
This original Grandfather clock manufactured in 1902 by Dent and Company is a very rare example of their work.

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Grandfather Clock
Detail of clock face. More information in next photo.

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Grandfather Clock
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Bell Display and Singing Bowls

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Buddhist Temple Bells

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Buddhist Temple Bells

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Buddhist Temple Bells
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Elephant Bells and Crotals

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Elephant Bells and Crotals

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Hindu Temple Bells

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Hindu Temple Bells

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Asian Bells

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Asian Bells

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Asian Bells
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Polyphon Disc Musical Box

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Polyphon Disc Musical Box

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Polyphon Disc Musical Box

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Level 4 close up viewing of Bells in Belfry
The Bells hail from one of London's most famous churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square.

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St Martin-in-the-Fields Bells
The twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London were given to the people of Western Australia to commemorate Australia's bicentenary in 1988.

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St Martin-in-the-Fields Bells
These twelve bells were cast between 1725 and 1770. An additonal five specially cast bells were also presented, including one from the City of London, with help given by the City of Westminster and three bells bestowed by a consortium of British and Australian mining companies.

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St Martin-in-the-Fields Bells
Completing the ring of eighteen, a sixth new bell was commissioned by the WA Government. This completed the Western Australia's Millennium Project, the Swan Bells.

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Barrack Street Jetty viewed from Level 4

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Swan River viewed from Level 4

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The Bells of the Royal Ascot Clock
Level 5: The four smallest bells were used to sound the Westminster Quarters and the largest to strike the hours.

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The Bells of the Royal Ascot Clock
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Climbing up to Level 6

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Bell Tower Carillon
The Bell Tower carillon consists of 26 English and European style bells tuned to concert pitch and are operated by internal electrical hammers controlled by a coin operated computer.

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Bell Tower Carillon
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Open Air Observation Deck
Level 6: Steel walkway with 360 degree view, coin operated telescope, and Carillon.

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View across the Swan River from eastern side

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View along Riverside Drive

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Perth Skyline beyond Supreme Court Gardens

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View up Barrack Street to the north

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Perth Skyline beyond Riverside Drive

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Riverside Drive with Kings Park on horizon

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Barrack Square and Swan River

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Swan River with Kings Park on horizon

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Barrack Street Jetty and Narrows Bridge

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Barrack Street Jetty viewed through tinted glass

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Swan River viewed through tinted glass

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Bell Tower Wings above Carillon

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Sunlit Glass Spire

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Glass Spire towers above

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Open Air Observation Deck

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Bell Tower Wing

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Open Air Observation Deck

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The downward descent from Level 6

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Underneath the spiral stairs

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Looking down into the foyer

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Perth from ground level

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A small section of the waiting queue

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Bronze Swans in surrounding gardens

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Two live Black Swans too!

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Bronze Swans from a different angle

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Southern side of the Bell Tower

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Water feature

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Northern side, looking upwards

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North-facing base with surrounding moat

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A parting shot of the Bell Tower

 
   
 
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