The Origin of Glockenspiels
Glockenspiels originated in Europe and were frequently placed on the town square or city plaza where citizens and visitors could enjoy them. In addition to being architecturally unique, glockenspiels use moving figurines that, at different times of the day, enact a play or skit that is important to the town’s history and heritage. In addition to the figurines, glockenspiels also make music and include carillons of cast bronze bells.
Most Famous Glockenspiels
One of the most famous glockenspiels is located in Munich, Germany. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, this glockenspiel clock is the largest in Germany. The carillon has 43 bells which together weigh in excess of 2,800 lbs. The glockenspiel celebrates two different events from Munich’s past.
The first scene shows barrel makers, or coopers, dancing in memory of the end of the black plague in 1517. The second scene is a reenactment of a jousting knights tournament that took place at Duke Wilhelm V’s royal wedding. During the summer the glockenspiel has become a “must-see” tourist attraction with hundreds of visitors waiting to see the shows.
One of the oldest glockenspiels dates from the year 1218. It was destroyed by fire in 1405, rebuilt in 1530 and is still in operation today.
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Christoph Paccard glockenspiels are not only amazingly intricate mechanical jewels but one in which breathtaking consistency of operation is a standard. Christoph Paccard welcomes your contact to discuss a glockenspiel for your community.