We liked this Latin inscription which is inscribed on the bell.
“I ring the hours and my voice is a call to arms, I sing for happy events and weep for the dead”.
The bell rings the first Sunday of each month at noon and then only six other times a year for major celebrations such as Bastille Day, VE Day and Remembrance Day.
The gateway where the bell is hung also served as a prison and there are many names etched in the prison walls.
The only way currently to visit the Grosse Cloche is to take a tour and ascend the 150+ steps. It is easy though with stops at numerous landings. Our tour guide was well informed and shared many interesting historical antidotes.
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