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University Chapel - Allegany, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Laval K-9
N 42° 04.726 W 078° 28.885
17T E 708332 N 4661591
Quick Description: The Bell Tower at the University of St. Bonaventure.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 6/22/2016 12:39:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMRHEP
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
Views: 0

Long Description:
The bell tower is a tall structure adjacent to the University Chapel.

Numbers were always a fascination to Bonaventure. He loved the number three because of its particular link to the Holy Trinity. It is only fitting that the Chapel's steeple has three large bronze bells.

The tall tower can be seen for quite a distance especially from the vast front lawn in front of the building. The tower is dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Order of Friars Minor and reaches 114'-9".

The topmost bell is dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Order of Friars Minor. Its inscription contains the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to Mary: Ave gratia plena, dominus tecum- "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28). The middle bell is dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Order of Friars Minor. The inscription on this bell is a greeting to Mary found in Saint Francis' writings: Ave domina sancta, regina sanctissima, Dei Genetrix Maria- "Hail Holy Lady, Most Holy Queen, Mary, Mother of God" (Salutation to the Blessed Virgin Mary). The lowest bell is dedicated to Saint Bonaventure, patron of the University and of the Friary. Inscribed on this bell is a greeting to Our Lady found in the writings of the Seraphic Doctor: Ave imperatix gloriosa super choros supernorum civium sublimata- "Hail glorious empress, raised above the choirs of heavenly citizens."
Address of Tower:
3261 West State Road
Allegany, NY USA

Still Operational: yes

Number of bells in tower?: 3

Relevant website?: [Web Link]

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Tours or visits allowed in tower?: No

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