St Joseph Co-cathedral Thibodaux, Louisiana

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Margrit M. Berger (S… on March 17, 2009

Nicely composed to get a view of two sides, Leo! I am always amazed to see how many churches in parts of the USA are built with bricks and how elements of different styles can be found. Are there bells in the towers! Best regards, May

Leo Roundtree on March 17, 2009

Thank you, dear May.

Brick is used a lot in the south for churches, homes and other buildings. This is the church I attended until I moved from Thibodaux in 1970. I will try to get pictures of the interior when I go home next year as it is very beautiful.

There are, I think, three bells in the left steeple. I snuck up there with my brothers when I was a kid (very scary).

This cathedral in Spokane has a fantastic carillon on which they play concerts throughout the year. Here is a little information about the carillon:

The Carillon in the Tower

Where twelve or fewer bells are mounted to play tunes they are called a chime. Thirteen or more bells are called a carillon. They are sounded by mechanical operation from a clavier with levers are arranged like a piano keyboard. The carillonneur strikes the levers with fists and feet to release the clappers against the bells. The carillon in Cross Tower consists of 49 cast bells, cast and installed by John Taylor and Sons of Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. Concerts are played Sunday mornings, at religious and civic festivals and at other times as announced. The carillon is heard best from outside the Cathedral.

Best wishes, Leo

Margrit M. Berger (S… on March 18, 2009

Thank you, Leo, for this additional information! Best regards, May

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  • Uploaded on December 31, 2008
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    by Leo Roundtree
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