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World Peace Bell, Newport

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The Newport, Kentucky, World Peace Bell is one of more than twenty Peace Bells around the world. It weighs 30,000 kg (66,000 lb) and is 3.7 m (12 feet) wide. From 2000 until 2006, it was the largest swinging bell in the world. It was dedicated on December 31, 1999, and was first swung as the year 2000 opened. In keeping with its theme of world peace, the bell features an inscription commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and engravings marking important events from the past 1,000 years.
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  • Not only are you looking at the bell, but there is a remnant of the Twin Towers and a 9/11 Memorial at this site.  more »
  • We came across this on one of our sight-seeing walks. The thing is huge, and we had no idea of the history of it. Nice to know and behold.  more »
  • The bell is impressive if you have never seen it, but beware that the common notion that the bell rings every day at noon is no longer true. We found the bell by accident several years ago and happened to be there at noon when it was actually rung at noon and it was quite a sight. We were in the Cincinnati area 2 months ago and adjusted our schedule to be at the bell at noon, but nothing happened. Later contact with the organization currently controlling the bell revealed that the bell is now only rung on “special occasions.” If you are going out of your way to see the bell and hear it ring, check before you go. You may spend your time staring at a stationary, silent bell.
  • Swing band and cheese met for the concert series. And I was able to hear the bell ring for the first time. Perfect evening, food and complete awesomeness.

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