The Great Bell

The Tour du Greffe in Bordeaux is said to be one of the oldest belfries in France, a remnant of the ancient city walls dating from the 13th century.

The “Great Bell” in this tower was cast in 1775 and weighs 7750 kilograms. It is rung six times a year at 11:00 a.m., on these days:

  • January 1 (New Year’s Day)
  • May 1 (Labor Day/May Day)
  • May 8 (Victory in Europe Day, end of the Second World War)
  • July 14 (Bastille Day, French National Holiday)
  • August 28 (beginning of the grape harvest?)
  • November 11 (Armistice Day, end of the First World War)

La Grosse Cloche (The Great Bell)

Location and aerial view on

My photos in this post are from 2014. I revised the text in 2019.

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2 thoughts on “The Great Bell”

  1. Beautiful monument , on one of the wish list for my retirement, been there very often. The city is up here in many ways just a TV program on it, wonderful Bordeaux. Cheers

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