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The cathedral of Notre Dame will soon be able to sound its bells in a way it hasn’t been able to since before the French Revolution.
The Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois blessed nine new bells in Paris on Saturday in order to prepare them for instillation in Notre Dame. Cast for the famous cathedrals 850th anniversary, these several ton bells will be positioned into place on Feb. 25, according to United Press International.
"During the French Revolution, they (the original bells) were all brought down and broken except (one) and four other bells that were recast in the middle of the 19th century. ... This will complete in a definitive manner the entire set of 10 bells as conceived ... in the Middle Ages," Notre Dame Rector Patrick Jacquin told the Associated Press.
While many know of Notre Dame’s chimes via Victor Hugo’s portrayal of the bell-ringer Quasimodo, these new bells will soon be able to make a legacy for themselves.
The bells, named Jean-Marie, Maurice, Benoit-Joseph, Steven, Marcel, Dennis, Anne-Genevieve, Gabriel, and Mary, combined with one remaining bell, will be able to be heard for the first time on March 23, according to the Associated Press.