Garrison Church Carillon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 23.734 W 013° 03.429
28U E 632192 N 5806812
Quick Description: 40-Bell Carillon, dating back to one of Prussia's most famous kings.
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 11:03:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM6F92
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member scrambler390
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Long Description:
This is probably Europes most famous Carillon, playing Prussia's most popular tones for two and a half centuries running.

In 1732, Prussian King Frederick William I, also known as "The Soldier King" had a massive church built in Potsdam to be used by his elite soldiers. In 1736, a Carillon consisting of 40 bells was installed in the church's bell tower. In 1796, Queen Louise requested her two favorite hymns to be played from the bell tower and for the next 149 years, the Carillon played "Bless the Lord" at the top and "Always be Faithful and True" at the bottom of every hour.

The Carillion became world famous and "Always be Faithful and True" became Prussia's unofficial national anthem.

In the night of April 14/15, 1945, Potsdam was target of a British air raid and firebombs hit the church. For about half an hour, the steeple was on fire while the Carillon kept playing Prussia's favorite song until it fell to the ground with all its bells ringing for a very last time.

Potsdam became part of the Soviet Zone and later East Germany and the church was never rebuilt. But in 1987, West-German soldiers of the Iserlohn Paratroopers Garrison raised the funds to rebuild the Carillon. After German reunification, the soldiers presented the rebuilt Carillon to the town of Potsdam. It now stands at the former location of the church, again playing Prussia's favorite tunes.

Schlossstrasse 1
Potsdam, Germany

Who controls the carillon?: Traditionsgemeinschaft Potsdamer Glockenspiel e.V.

Number of bells: 40

Schedule of regular public performances:
Every 30 minutes.

Year of construction: 12/24/1736

Structure: free standing structure at the former location of the church

Location web page: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
An original photograph of the carillon is required. One of you and your crew doing your very best imitation of Quasimodo and/or Esmeralda will be most appreciated.
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