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      Carolyn Whitlock

      Marinelli Pontificia Fonderia de Campane

      Marinelli Museum

      The Marinelli Museum showcases the bells and bell-making that make up such an integral part of Agnone’s history.


      Via F. D’Onofrio, 14 86081 Agnone (IS) Italy

      Tel. (+39) 0865-78235


      The historical Museum of the Bell “Giovanni Paolo II” was founded in 1999. It is located next to the FONDERIA MARINELLI, which has been working in Agnone since the Medieval Ages.

      The Museum offers to visitors a wide range of historical documents which refer to the origins, history and traditions of the bells. Moreover, the widest collection of church bells can be here admired: among them the precious “bell of the year one thousand” together with studies, manuscripts, ancient documents and rare texts such as the Dutch edition of 1664 known as “de tintinnabulis”, which can be defined the “Bible of the bell art”. Great space is also dedicated to important events of the twentieth century which are testified by the Marinelli’s work of melting and are on exhibition through photographs and memorial bells.

      Moreover, there are significant memories which link the Marinelli family to the twentieth century Popes, from Pio XI who gave them the great honour of releasing the Pope Licence, to Paul XXIII and Johannes Paul II who visited the foundry on March 19th, 1995. The historical Museum of the Bell has a large show-room which is also used for meetings. As a matter of fact, it has become an international point of reference which welcomes different cultural events. In addition, within the Museum, there are archivies, a library, a video library, a projection room. They all are a breeding ground for work and study on the bell art, a place where scholars and foundrymen meet and confront their ideas in order to enhance the vocational training activity and strenghten the different research fields.

      Visits to the museum are usually guided and are introduced by a video which shows all the working stages to obtain a bell. In the Museum rooms visitors can admire models, ancient tools and moulds used to decorate bells.

      Guided visits are hold every day at the following hours:

      > winter time: at 12 and at 4 p.m.

      > summer time (only in August): at 10, at 12, at 4 and at 6 p.m.

      > close Sunday p.m.

      Groups are kindly required to make a booking.
      Tel. and Fax: +39.0865.78235.

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