Danilov Bells ringing a new era

It's the sound people have been waiting to hear for decades. The famous Danilov Bells, which escaped the Communist era axe and returned from Harvard last year, have rung today at their original residence in Moscow.

They were sold to the U.S. in the late 1920s and returned to Russia after 78 years of exile.

And today, all 18 Danilov Bells have rung together for the first time.

The Head of the Russian Church, Patriarch Kirill, and the capital’s Mayor, Yury Luzhkov, have been attending the ceremony.

“The most important thing about the homecoming of the Danilov bells is that it is a link between the current Russian Orthodox Church traditions and the tradition which existed before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,” Father Georgy from the Moscow Patriarchy’s foreign relations department told RT.

Read the Danilov Bells' saga in a series of special RT features:

Homecoming of the Danilov Bells: A Spiritual Odyssey

Homecoming of the Danilov Bells: The Spiritual Home

Homecoming of the Danilov Bells: The Ring of History

Homecoming of the Danilov Bells: Chimes of Today

Homecoming of the Danilov bells: their famous compatriots