|FESTIVE INAUGURATION PEACE CARILLON LEUVEN|
LEUVEN - Bells have been associated with the idea of peace for centuries. On November 11, 1918, all the bells of Belgium, France and England rang to celebrate the regained peace after WWI. On November 11, 2018 (Armistice Day) the truce of 100 years ago was commemorated. On that day, the new carillon in the Park Abbey in Leuven once again rung out this peace message.
The Norbertine Abbey of Park is one of the best preserved abbeys in Western Europe. Restoration work has been going on for some years at this ancient complex. From 1730, in the west tower of the abbey church, hung a carillon of 40 bells that was cast by the Amsterdam city bell foundry of Claes Noorden and Jan Albert de Grave. This instrument was moved to the Sint-Pieterskerk in Leuven in the 19th century, but was completely lost during the Fire of Leuven on 25 August 1914. On that day not only many monuments, houses and works of art went up in flames, but more than 240 civilians were killed. In 2014, the city archivist of the German city of Neuss came to the shocking discovery that reservists from his city were partly responsible for this tragic event.
The new instrument will become part of the international network of War Memorial and Peace Carillons that were installed worldwide after World War I and World War II.
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