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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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  • Nice reminder of all we need to be thankful for . This is a Huge swinging Bell . This is one of twenty Peace Bell's around the world. It's 12 feet in diameter and weighs 66 thousand pounds .Located at...  more »
  • This is one very large bell ... neat to see if you are in Newport and wandering around checking things out. Not something to go out of your way for - a neat attraction if you are already nearby.  more »
  • Nice symbol of freedom and peace. You are invited to view, touch and ring the bell for peace. There is a memorial to firefighters there as well. It is within walking distance to Newport on the Levee a...  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