The 300-kg bell which has been preserved in perfect condition was found hidden inside the remains of a bell tower in the village of Maniów, near Sanok.
Weighing nearly 13 tons, cast in Kraków in 1520 by Nuremberg bellmaker Hans Beham, it was hung on 9 July 1521 in a specially erected defence tower of Wawel Royal Castle, known as the Zygmunt Tower.
Weighing 55-tonnes, measuring over 4 meters high and with a diameter of 4,5 meters, the bell stole the title of the World's Largest Bell from the previous owner, a Japanese bell weighing a mere 36-tonnes.
At 55 tonnes, the 'Vox Patris' church bell is the biggest in the world. It was made by Polish craftsmen and will be transported to Trinidade, Brazil next year, to the Basilica of the Eternal Father, which commissioned it.
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