Raising the World’s Largest Bell from the Depths of a Burmese River

Singapore Firm to Help Raise Sunken Bell – The Irrawaddy, August 1, 2012
…Historical records say that the Dhammazedi Bell is 290-tons of copper, gold, silver and tin alloy. The retrieval would confirm the bell as the largest one ever cast for it would outweigh the 128-ton Moscow Bell otherwise considered to be in first place.
In his 1853 account of a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Venetian gem merchant Gaspero Balbi wrote that the bell was “seven paces and three hand breadths and full of letters from top to bottom…”

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