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Trainbleu wrote a review Jan 2018
Brussels, Belgium21,041 contributions758 helpful votes
Walking down Essen’s rather ugly main shopping street Kettwiger Street we were surprised to see this large carillon at Number 22. It is installed in a tower-like construction, attached to a plain modern building (now jewellery Pletzsch), but it has a long history. Jeweller Josef Deiter had the carillon made for his shop at Limbecker Street in 1928. During World War II, the bells were hidden to prevent them from being melted down for weaponry. When the firm moved to Kettwiger Street in 1955, the carillon followed. A blue glass mosaic and figures were added. The carillon plays traditional songs and Christmas carols (in winter). On the hour, between 9 am and 8 pm, miner Anton, standing above the clock, strikes a bell with a hammer and the little doors below open to give way to a multitude of figures representing the town’s history: two citizens in medieval outfit, Bishop Altfried of Hildesheim, abbess Theophanu, Emperor Henry III, two trumpeters, Lutheran pastor Heinrich von Kempen, Duke Wilhelm von Kleve, a mayor holding the keys to the city...…
Date of experience: January 2018
PaulB wrote a review Jan 2018
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,176 contributions681 helpful votes
The carillon was a donation by the former Deiter House to their clients in the late twenties of the last century. During the second World War, the bells were hidden by the owners to prevent them from melting for the weapon industry. After the war, the carillon was placed in its current location at the Kettwiger Street. The glass mosaic façade and the moving figures were also added to the carillon after the war. Since the city centre of Essen doesn't have many points of interest, this is definitely one of the highlights.…
Date of experience: December 2017
Azalee99 wrote a review Apr 2017
Vienna, Austria111 contributions49 helpful votes
every hour on the hour you get a lovely trumpet-like musical show, with clanky little figures doing their thing. stop, look up, enjoy.
Date of experience: April 2017
Expat_American wrote a review Oct 2016
Antwerp84 contributions16 helpful votes
There is construction on the building, so the chimes and clock are stopped. Hopefully it will be done soon.
Date of experience: October 2016
Ziba Z wrote a review Aug 2015
Tehran, Iran285 contributions39 helpful votes
It's really worth it. Be sure you'll go and watch what happens. It will just take ten minutes and the clock works each hour. For ten minutes the doors open and close and amazing things happen.
Date of experience: August 2015