Bell Tower in Perth Guide:
An iconic landmark, the Bell Tower in Perth mesmerizes visitors with its historical heritage, architectural magnificence and musical chimes. Built in 1988 to commemorate the bicentenary of Australia, the Bell Tower was constructed as a new home to the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Bells, a set of 12 British Royal Bells with origins dating back to the 14th century and the only royal bells to leave London
In their original home in a famous church in London, these bells rang to mark important occasions including the coronation of British monarchs and the return of Captain James Cook in 1771 after his discovery of Australia. These bells were due to be recast, when they were donated to Western Australia in 1988 as part of the bicentenary celebrations of Australia.
Later, six more bells were cast with metals mined in Western Australia and hung with the St. Martin-in-the-Fields bells in a six-storied bell chamber with soundproof doors and louvres, and a glass spire. Today, the bells ring to mark important events, happy and sad. All around the tower, an inlaid path of ceramic tiles has been set with tiles donated by every school in Western Australia. The tiles are inscribed with the names of the children who studied in the school in the year of 1999. On the top of the Bell Tower is an observation deck, which offers panoramic views of the Swan River on the banks of which the Bell Tower is located, Perth City and beyond.