The Bell Tower at Xi’an, China

This is one of the places we longed to visit.

We realize the best time to visit is night time when the bell tower is lit up.

The tower was constructed with timber and bricks in 1384, Ming Dynasty and is one of the best example of its type in China.

It houses some bells including ancient ones from the Tang Dynasty.

Looks pretty at night – but this is definitely not how it looks in the Ming Dynasty when there were barely any electric bulbs!

 

 

Bell Tower at Cathedral Square, Vilnius

This is an amazing bell tower a short distance away from the cathedral at Vilnius, within the cathedral square. The following is an introduction from Wikipedia.DSC_0391

One of the most distinctive features of the square is the Cathedral’s bell tower, situated several yards from the cathedral itself, a thing uncommon outside of Italy. According to many scholars, the tower was in fact one of the towers of the ancient city walls of the mediaeval Lower Castle that once stood near the modern square. According to another version, not supported by modern historians, the base of the tower was in fact a small pagan temple, demolished and then turned into the bell tower. Regardless of its origins, the lower parts of the tower are mediaeval, with several small loop-holes preserved. Its oldest underground square section was built in the 13th century on the bottom of the old riverbed. Upper parts of the tower were added in the 18th century while the neo-classical finish was added in the 19th century, during the reconstruction of the cathedral.

It is a shame that I do not have the tower and the cathedral put together in the same photo as it was difficult to photograph both because of their difference in scales.

St John’s Church Bell Tower at Vilinus

Travelling in the Baltic, one sees that many churches have separate bell towers.

Some of the towers are quite tall too.DSC_0383

The St John’s bell tower at Vilinus was built in the 16th century.

I am sure in those days, these were one of the tallest structure in the area.

This is beautiful architecture and engineering challenge at the time.