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World Peace Bell, Newport

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2.7/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
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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  • Nice arrangement of memorial, but not much other info. If there weren't other things to see in the area I would be disappointed. 
  • Really glad we stopped by to see the world peace Bell! Super easy to get to and we really enjoyed ourselves. My family and I really love looking and exploring the historic parts of the cities we visit...  read more »
  • This bell was HUGE! Only problem was that the welcome center wasn't open (on a Saturday)???? The bell is outside, so you could see it, even though you couldn't get to the walk through. In the same squ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Nice
  • Huge bell
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