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Medieval Tones

Medieval church organs and bells that tell stories many centuries old.

Medieval Tones

Organ music and the chimes of church bells became important in the early Christian churches. Find out more about the bells, the organs and what early organ music sounded like.

The chimes of church bells became a concrete marker of the switch from the Norse beliefs of the Vikings to Christianity. The bells, described as “God’s trumpets”, could be heard at least ten kilometers away. The first Catholic missionaries in the 9th century brought bells with them. The medieval bells in the exhibition all have exciting tales to tell.