The birth of a bell „Mieszko and Dobrawa”
11th May 2015, 10:00 am
On 11th May 2015 we cast a bell named "Mieszko and Dobrawa" to commemorate 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. The casting was attended by Primate of Poland Archbishop Wojciech Polak and metropolitan archbishop of Przemyśl Józef Michalik. The idea to celebrate 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Mieszko I, and thus a symbolic baptism of Polish state, came from the Muzeum Pierwszych Piastów na Lednicy (Museum of First Piasts at Lednica) in 2013. Then in 2014 it was decided to fund a memorial bell and place it on the Ostrów Lednicki Island next to the relics of residential and sacral stone architecture from the times of Mieszko I and Boleslaus the Valiant. This is the first bell in Poland with this name which honor the first royal couple from Piast dynasty – Mieszko I and Czech princess Dobrawa who introduced Christianity to Polish nation. "Mieszko I Dobrawa" bell weigh 220 kg, has d/2 tone and diameter of 70 cm. As always we used high-quality alloy of copper and tin in proportions of 78:22 and prepare wrought clapper made of soft ST3 steel. The bell has been mounted on the oak yoke and hung on the 2 meter high wooden bell-tower made by Rduch Bells & Clocks company from Czernica. The bell rope which "falls down to the bell-tower footing" represents "a love knot binding the bell with the ground and the smallest ones of it’s brothers". The bell-tower is "a pulpit for a bell from which it should waken dormant people" – "call the living, mourn the dead, break the thunderbolt".
The ornaments of the bell refers to the iconography and relics related to the royal couple, surrounding of Ostrów Lednicki and Civitas Schinesghe. On the one side of the bell there is a bass-relief of Mieszko and Dobrawa based on XIX-century designs and a latin phrase.