Danilov Bells ringing a new era
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