Victoria Tower Bell, Ottawa

PIcture of Victoria Tower Bell on Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Victoria Tower Bell, Ottawa

The story of the Victoria Tower Bell, which now rests on Parliament Hill, behind the centre block of the Parliament, is best told by the words inscribed on the bells surface:

“This bell which belonged to the tower clock of the old parliament building was taken from the ruins of the buildings after their destruction by fire on February 3rd 1916. On that memorable night the bell continued to strike the hours until midnight although the tower itself was ablaze from nine o’clock in the evening. After sounding the last stroke of twelve it crashed through the flames to the base of the tower.”

The bell’s inclined position mirrors the angle at which it came to rest after falling.

5 thoughts on “Victoria Tower Bell, Ottawa

  1. Powerful story. As usual, fantastic perspective on this. The addition of the child is quite impactful, showing the magnitude of the bell as well as the importance that children need to be exposed to history. Wonderful.

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