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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  • In Newport, KY; just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. When I visited it was cold so I was the only one there. The one guy on site unlocked the doors for me so I could walk right up to the bell. ...  more »
  • Happened to run across this unique exhibit while driving to our hotel. Stopped to look and spent about 35 -45 minutes reading and looking at the displays. Had to touch a piece of the twin towers from ...  more »
  • What can you say about a bell? Good to see that it is dedicated to peace but so far it hasn't worked given all the ongoing conflicts in the world today. Let's keep hoping though!  more »
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  • It was wonderful when the bell rang it sent chills all over me. It was very educational also
  • πŸ‘ Great music program from the Jump 'n' Jive' Big Band 🎢🎀🎢 starring Gina Parry on sax 🎷
  • Beautiful views and pretty clean great for small family picnics
  • 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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