A new bell for Heinfels Castle

It was a special day for the "Queen of the Puster Valley": On the 12th of July the guardian angel bell was cast in the bell foundry Grassmayr in Innsbruck. This is a continuation of the old tradition of bells in the castle.

Eine neue Glocke für die Burg Heinfels

The first bell from 1451 was made by Erasmus Haydel, a citizen of Lienz and tin founder. Until the chapel was closed at the end of the 18th century, bells were documented on the historic castle grounds, after which the trace was lost. It is remarkable that in 1868 the St. Laurentius bell from Heinfels Castle was loaned to Oberlienz, where it still hangs in the church tower and can only be rung by hand.

The new Heinfels bell was cast together with thirteen other bells intended for parishes in the Philippines, China and Romania, for the Romanian Orthodox congregation in Vienna or for the Jesuit Church in Innsbruck. The new guardian angel bell - a foundation of the chairman of the museum association, Josef Steinringer - has a weight of approx. 165 kg with a diameter of 63 cm and adorns the inscription "From God it is thought that his angel will watch over you". The motif shows a guardian angel designed by the founder's daughter, Elisabeth Steinringer. Even before the casting, the sound of the bell was tuned with the other chimes of the Heinfels churches of St. Peter and Paul and St. Anthony. After the consecration of the bell, the exact date of which will be announced, the bell will ring from Heinfels Castle every Sunday evening, on Guardian Angel Sunday and at the Patrozinium (Saint Laurentius, 10 August).


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