Skip Navigation

Church bells in France?

Travel Forums Europe Church bells in France?

Last Post This thread is marked as being about France
1. Posted by anna_mg (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

When I was about eight I spent four months in Vicenza, Italy (my dad is in the Air Force). One of the things I remember very fondly was that in the morning, you could hear church bells throughout the city. I'm going to live in the suburbs of Paris for a year, and I was curious if they had the same sort of thing there...?

2. Posted by Canadiana (Inactive 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, the church bells ring pretty much everywhere in France. Where I live, it's about ten rings at 8 am, and ten rings at 8pm, with rings every hour and half rings every half hour. I don't hear it from my house, because I live in the city, so I don't know if you will be able to hear them from where you are in Paris. When I lived in a tiny village in the Vercors, I was woken by them every day. It's very charming, except when you are waken up hung over. Then you hate the bells.

3. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It really depends on where you are located.
In small villages, church bells ring regularly.
Old historical churches still have their bells ringing too.
But in the Paris suburbs, it is really unlikely that you will hear the bells. Cities around Paris are quite dense and church bells, if any remains are generally disabled except on Sunday mornings, to call in for mass.