Orthodox bell ringing map

Every town and nearly every church in Russia has its own bell ringing style — a distinctive pattern produced by a ringing master who rings the row of bells by moving the internal stringed hammers.
Ringing patterns travel through ages and represent the local identity for the whole community, both religious and secular.
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This map is based on the sounds from the Preobrazhenie festival. More on that

An important note: these are not the actual on-location church bell recordings. The sounds in this map were recorded at the Preobrazheniye festival in Yaroslavl in 2016. Each year the festival features a line-up of monastery and church ringers from Russia’s regions, performing accordingly to their own regional or church manner.

Bell ringing map features patterns inherent to the following towns and villages of Russia: Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Kazan, Kalyazin, Nekrasovskoe, Novosibirsk, Pechory, Pokrov, Rostov Veliky, Rybinsk, Sergiyev Posad, Suzdal, Yaroslavl..

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Новосибирск / Novosibirsk: 55.005978, 82.951405
Село Покров / Pokrov village: 57.998607, 38.756708
Вологда / Vologda: 59.224431, 39.882334
Ярославль / Yaroslavl: 57.630716, 39.835171
Суздаль / Suzdal: 56.418151, 40.445887
Печоры / Pechory: 57.810063, 27.614994
Архангельск / Arkhangelsk: 64.547251, 40.560155
Казань / Kazan: 55.821995, 49.089286
Ярославль / Yaroslavl: 57.547892, 39.870758
Суздаль / Suzdal: 56.417942, 40.445667
Рыбинск / Rybinsk: 58.048432, 38.858578
Вологда / Vologda: 59.266056, 39.599190
Калязин / Kalyazin: 57.236534, 37.840130
Ростов Великий / Rostov Veliky: 57.196180, 39.413452
Суздаль / Suzdal: 56.417154, 40.447133
Сергиев Посад / Sergiyev Posad: 56.311033, 38.130127
Село Некрасовское / Nekrasovskoye village: 57.670885, 40.361175
Архангельск / Arkhangelsk: 64.237433, 41.720581



Vologda. St. Sophia Cathedral (1568)

Performed by Grigory Pavlov, Oleg Timofeev. Image: commons.wikimedia.org  Back to the map 



Novosibirsk. Holy Martyr Tsar Nikolay parish (1989)

Performed by Natalia Kochina. Image: tsar-nikolay.ru  Back to the map 



Pokrov village. Shelter of Our Most Holy Lady (1794)

Performed by Alexey D’yachenko, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergei Polyansky, Igor Medvedev
Image: vk.com/hrampokrov  Back to the map 



Yaroslavl. St. Leontius Church (1608)

Performed by Nikolay Samarin. Photo courtesy Ilya Beskhlebny, ilyabim.ru  Back to the map 



Suzdal. Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos (ca. 1650)

Performed by Valery Garanin. Image: commons.wikimedia.org  Back to the map 



Pechory. Pskov-Caves monastery (1473)

Performed by Vladimir Degtyaryov (Yaroslavl), Natalia Khol’shina (Novosibirsk)
Image: commons.wikimedia.org  Back to the map 



Arkhangelsk. Chiming bells

Performed by Anna Tropina. Image: flickr.com/photos/akozlov  Back to the map 



Kazan. Kizichesky monastery (1687)

Performed by Dmitry Pan’kin, Elisey Pan’kin, Afanasy Pan’kin
Image: commons.wikimedia.org  Back to the map 



Yaroslavl. Church of Nikita the Martyr (16th century)

Performed by Andrey Bukin, Vassily Vakatov. Image: fotoyar.ru  Back to the map 



Suzdal. Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos (ca. 1650)

Performed by Valery Garanin. Image: commons.wikimedia.org  Back to the map 



Rybinsk. Transfiguration Cathedral (ca. 1660)

Performed by Alexey D’yachenko, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergei Polyansky, Igor Medvedev
Image: golddomes.ru  Back to the map 



Vologda. St. Sophia Cathedral (1568)

Performed by Grigory Pavlov, Oleg Timofeev. Image: commons.wikimedia.org  Back to the map 



Kalyazin. Kalyazin bells (in the manner of the Kalyazin masters)

Performed by the Sergey Maltsev’s bell-ringing company  Back to the map 



Rostov Veliky. Rostov monastery bells

Performed by the Sergey Maltsev’s bell-ringing company. Image: flickr.com/photos/ksenia-sm  Back to the map 



Suzdal. Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos (ca. 1650)

Performed by Vladimir Degtyaryov, Valery Garanin. Image: commons.wikimedia.org  Back to the map 



Sergiyev Posad. In the manner of the Trinity Sergius monastery ringing masters

Performed by Valery Garanin, Vladimir Degtyaryov   Back to the map 



Nekrasovskoye village. Our Most Holy Lady (of Assuage My Sorrows icon) church (ca. 1840)

Performed by Sergey Kazakov. Image: autotravel.ru  Back to the map 



Arkhangelsk. An extract from The Northern Bells ringing performance

Performed by Vladimir Petrovsky. Image: flickr.com/photos/akozlov Back to the map