Her­itage Marinelli Bells

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This fam­ily busi­ness in Agnone, Italy, has filled the bel­fries of churches around the world since at least 1339. To­day, the foundry’s 12 ar­ti­sans take about three months to pro­duce a sin­gle large bell. A 600-kilo­gram (1,323-pound) model costs about €21,000 ($23,000). Tourists can take home a less hefty hol­i­day edi­tion for €40.

← An ar­ti­san chis­els fine de­tails into the cast bronze

→The molds are cre­ated in a cen­turiesold process

Press­ing a wax dec­o­ra­tion onto a bell

↑ The bell’s core is shaped in clay with the help of bro­ken bricks

In 2004, Marinelli re­placed the 400-yearold bell in the Lean­ing Tower of Pisa

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