I was just hoping you could tell me if the bells in the St. Louis Cathedral are rung by hand or if they are on a machine. I was also wondering if all the bells are used.
Until about 20 years ago, the sexton rung the bells by pulling the ropes that ran down a shaft from the bells to the vestibule. Now the bells are on an automatic timer, and they are set to ring every quarter hour. There are seven bells in our magnificent cathedral. One of the big ones was installed in 1819 and is named Victoire. One of the smaller bells has a nick in it; during the Civil War, someone fired a gun from Algiers and hit the bell.