National Carillion at Sunset, Canberra, ACT, Australia

National Carillion at Sunset, Aspen Island, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Located on Aspen Island in Lake Burley Griffin, the National Carillon was a gift from the British government to the people of Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Capital, Canberra. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Carillon on 26 April 1970. The 50 metre tall National Carillon tower was designed by Western Australian architects Cameron, Chisholm and Nicol. The concept initially came from an architect Mr Don Ho working in Cameron Chisholm and Nicol in 1968.

A carillon is a set of at least 23 cast and tuned bronze bells, played from a mechanical-action keyboard. With 55 bronze bells, the National Carillon is large by world standards, and the largest in Australia. The pitch of the bells ranges chromatically through four and a half octaves, and each bell weighs between seven kilograms and six tonnes.

The tower’s height allows the music of the bells to drift across Lake Burley Griffin and through Kings and Commonwealth Parks. The tower is lit at night, providing a magnificent landmark in the national capital.

The tower is lit at night, providing a magnificent landmark in the national capital.

See a little gallery of all the images shot here: Gallery of Canberra Photos Images.

Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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