The Bell Tower of Perth City by xiaoyounan

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									The Bell Tower




The Bell Tower Architecture

The Bell Tower was a part of Perth City’s projects to redevelop the Barrack Square in the 1990’s.
William Hames, Executive Chariman of Hames Sharley (WA) Pty. Ltd, was the winner of the Bell
Tower architectural competition. His contemporary architecture was 82.5 metre tower with three
main viewing levels which has become one of the largest musical instruments in the world. Although
a lot arguments of this tremendous $5.5 million project, since The Bell Tower was officially opened
in December 2000, it has attracted over 1 million local, interstate and international visitors.

The Bells

The Bell Tower was built to house the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields, five specially cast bells
and one bells from the City of London. Commemorating Australia’s Bicentenary, in 1988, The London
diocese of the Church of England and the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields presented these bells to
the people of Western Australia, the University of Western Australia and the City of Perth. The
existence of the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields are recorded from before the 14th century
and recast in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I. One of the bells is considered as the oldest bell
in Australia which was made from approximately 1550 AD. Nowadays, there are 18 bells in the
Tower and many smaller bells in the displays.

The Ringing History

The St Martin Bells have rung out to celebrate many occasions over the past 600 years from a church
in Trafalgar Square in London, such as, the England’s victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and
the World War II victory at El Alamein in 1942. The bells also rang out for celebrating New Year for
more than 275 years at Trafalgar Square, London and recently, for memorizing the September 11
and Bali bombing tragedies at Barrack Square, Perth.

Attractions

The Bell Tower offers bell handling demonstrations for single bell on every Wednesday and Friday at
11.30am-12.30pm, and for full bell ringing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm-1pm.

Location and to Get to the Bell Tower

The Bell Tower is located on Riverside Drive at Barrack Square in Perth CBD. It has beautiful
overlooking view to the Swan River and Perth CBD. To get to the Bell Tower, visitors can be simply
walk for 3 minute from Hay Street Mall, Centre of Perth or the Esplanade Train station, or catch the
Blue Cat and get off at Barrack Square Stop. In addition, Ferry service is available from South Perth
to Barrack Square.

An entry fee for adults is $13 and a concession is $8 per person. Moreover, a Family Discount is
available.

Enjoy Perth by experiencing the unique bell attractions and the world’s largest musical instrument,
only at the Bell Tower!

Reference:

Australia For Everyone, 2010, Australian Icons [image], Retrieved: February 28, 2011, from:
http://www.australiaforeveryone.com.au/icons_towers.htm

								
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