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World Peace Bell Center, Newport

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The Newport, Kentucky, World Peace Bell is one of more than twenty Peace Bells around the world. It weighs 30,000 kg and is 3.7 m wide. From 2000 until 2006, it was the largest swinging bell in the world. It was dedicated on December 31, 1999, and was first swung as the year 2000 opened. In keeping with its theme of world peace, the bell features an inscription commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and engravings marking important events from the past 1,000 years.

The plan in 1997 was to cast the bell near Newport, Kentucky, in an on-site foundry. The bell would have hung in a 1,400-foot Millennium Monument tower to open on New Year's Eve 1999, with an 85-bell carillon featuring this bell as its largest. At first the bell was called \"The Millennium Bell.\" Later the plans were reduced to a smaller tower for the bell with an accompanying museum.

The Verdin Company managed the project on the U.S. side on behalf of the Millennium Monument Company.
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  • I mean we just walked by, it's a bell... it's big what more is there to say? it doesn't have a crack?  more »
  • I just happen to be walking by and visited, as it were. I don't think it was originally on my bucket list, but I added it and then lined it out rather quickly. I wished I knew at the time, that it rin...  more »
  • Good stop for a site see. Good photo opt. Had a memorial to those lost on September 11th. Close to busy intersection. If you take small children keep a close eye on them.  more »
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  • The person who was there was really nice and gave each of us a chance to ring the bell :)
  • well 2017 off to a bad start. peace bell didnt ring at all. here jan 2 @ 11:55 and no bell. good thing the church bell works. waste of time.
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  • If your in the area I would recommend driving by, but not planning a trip around it. Its located amongst what appear to be office buildings and work centers, and the staff at the entrance seen disinterested. Nothing here that you couldn't see by doing a quick internet search.