Brigham Young University Centennial Carillon Tower
The BYU Centennial Carillon is a carillon on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The bell tower was erected in 1975 to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the school's founding. Built in a simple, modern style designed by architect Fred L. Markham, it stands 97 feet tall and contains 52 bells. The bells range in size from 25 lbs to 4,730 lbs. The carillon tolls a tune based on the hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints," followed by the hour, and tolls a chime on the half-hour. The hour and half-hour strikes are controlled by an automated system. Carilloneurs may also play the instrument by means of a keyboard located directly below the belfry, in a small room reached by a spiral staircase that ascends through the center of the tower.
Brigham Young University is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and its carillon is the only such instrument the church owns, anywhere in the world. Very rarely do LDS churches feature bell towers, and the only temple to contain even a single bell is the Nauvoo Temple.
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