Monday, May 16, 2011

The Bell Tower

Construction of the Bell Tower began in 1999 and was completed in 2001. I remember the government at that time did a survey to get public opinion of the concept and that it was not well received, but as governments tend to do, they went ahead with it anyway. It is known as one of the largest musical instruments in the world and it houses many bells of historic significance, some dating back to the 14th century.(The Bell Tower) You can actually go up into the tower and watch the bells being rung and have a bit of a  try yourself! It's not my favorite building in Perth, I find it a bit ugly, but it certainly is an interesting design and  is hugely popular with tourists. The view of Perth and the Swan River from the top is pretty spectacular.

14 comments:

  1. Impressionnant et futuriste...

    Pierre

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  2. I will see it if I go to Perth one day! I find it funny and interesting!

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  3. Amazing architecture! Like your choise of perspective :)
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  4. This building has a very Japanese feel.

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  5. I agree with you it is not beautiful .thanks for sharing information and picture

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  6. Thanks Pierre, futuristic indeed!

    You should come to Perth Elsa.

    Thanks Birgitta, I didn't want to just shoot it face on.

    Hmmm! Japanese you say Joe, interesting!

    Saeid you're right it's definitely not beautiful.

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  7. Now that is a very cool architectural topping but quite unusual, unexpected!

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  8. A new twist on the concept of a bell tower, which are usual on traditional churches. I can see why tourists love it. I'd definitely visit.

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  9. Fantastic perspective of a no less fantastic building. Great shot!

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  10. I think that if I saw it in the planning stage, I would have hated it. Now that it is up, your photo shows it as pretty interesting. I tend to be conservative in my architectural tastes, but I have learned to give some buildings time. When I.M. Pei was going to install a glass pyramid at the Louvre, I was horrified. Now it is there, it looks like it was always intended to be there. You might find the same thing with this building.

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