Topic: Russian Church
Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg has got its first bell to interrupt the silence which had lasted for about 80 years. Under the Soviet government, the building was stripped of religious trappings. In 1931 it was used as a museum of atheism.
The first bell, cast in bronze and tin, weighs nearly 10 tons.
Ten more bells are still to be delivered from a bell-casting factory in Voronezh in 2013.
The bell will ring at midday, together with a cannon shot from the Naryshkin Bastion at the Peter and Paul Fortress. It will be sanctified Friday at a ceremony presided by Markell, Bishop of Peterhof.
© Voice of Russia. 20 December, 2012