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Sunday, 15 April, 2001, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
New bell for Kazakhstan
A new bell has arrived at the Holy Ascension Cathedral in Kazakhstan's former capital, Almaty, just in time for Easter midnight mass.

Kazakh Khabar TV showed the bell being installed at the entrance to the cathedral, where it will hang until it is moved to its permanent position in the belfry in May, during the Ascension Day holiday when the cathedral marks its centenary.

Bell being made in Moscow foundry
The bell was cast in Moscow and took six months to make

New Kazakh bell
It weighs 1,648 kg and was paid for by voluntary contributions

New bell being installed
After arriving by plane from Moscow on Good Friday, the bell is installed in front of the cathedral

Bell being blessed by priest
A priest blesses the bell after it is hauled into position

People touching bell
The congregation gather round to touch the new bell

Holy Ascension Cathedral
The bell's new home, Holy Ascension Cathedral in Almaty

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