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Berlin’s Massive Carillon

What looks like a sleek observation tower looming above the trees in the Tiergarten is actually one of the world’s heaviest instruments. A large cluster of bells is nestled within the structure, waiting to be played by the local carillonneur.

A carillon is a musical instrument consisting of at least 23 bells that traditionally sits within a tower. It’s the second heaviest of all musical instruments (after large organs). To play a tune, the carillonneur, who sits inside a small cabin in the middle of the bells, hits the pedals and keys with his feet and clenched fists.


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