Villedieu-Les-Poeles, Normandy, 320 kilometres from Paris - 31 January, 2013
1. Close up of Foundry President Paul Bergamo ringing one of the new bells ahead of its transport to Paris
2. Wide of Foundry President ringing the bell while standing on the flat bed truck transporting it and the others to Paris
3. Close-up one of the bells with the local church behind it
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Bergamo, President of the Cornille-Havard Foundry:
"Historically the idea of this project was to recreate the old bells of Notre Dame in terms of power, in terms of tune which means there will be again ten bells ringing into the cathedral as it used to be in the Middle Ages and up to the French Revolution."
5. Tilt down on bells on flatbed truck
6. Close-up name Denis on one of the bells
7. One of bells attached to crane on top of the truck
8. SOUNDBITE: (French) Paul Bergamo, President of the Cornille-Havard Foundry:
"We still have a few weeks work remaining because they have to be installed in the towers and they'll have to be adjusted in the best way so they'll ring for Palm Sunday on March 24th."
8. Mid of the great bell Marie
10. Tilt down of the great bell
11. Top shot departure of the bells on flatbed trucks
12. Townspeople clapping as the trucks carrying the bells drive away from the foundry
13. The great bell Marie being transported past the local church AUDIO bells ringing
Paris - 30 January, 2013
14. Pan from exterior staircase platform emblazoned with the words 850 Years Notre Dame of Paris to a wide exterior of the cathedral
15. North Tower of Notre Dame
16. Close-up of poster showing bells inside the nave of Notre Dame
17. Interior nave of Notre Dame Cathedral
18. Tilt down from the vaulted ceiling to Notre Dame of Paris Rector and Archpriest, Patrick Jacquin
19. SOUNDBITE (French) Patrick Jacquin, Rector and Archpriest of Notre Dame of Paris:
"This is a wonderful return to history and at the same time an extraordinary leap forward because it means that with these bells we are going to endure for the centuries to come."
20. Tilt down from vaulted ceiling to nave inside Notre Dame
21. Crucifix and stained glass inside Notre Dame Cathedral
Nine enormous, new, bronze bells are on their way to Paris to give the medieval Notre Dame Cathedral a more modern sound but in a manner that that restores historical tradition.
The bells will be on display inside the cathedral from Saturday until February 25.
Then they will be hoisted to its iconic twin towers, where they will replace older bells that had become discordant.
Paul Bergamo, President of the Cornille-Havard Foundry said there were still a few weeks to go until the bells could be rung for Palm Sunday on March 24th.
The bells are named after saints and weigh 23 tons altogether.
Most were cast in a foundry in the Normandy town of Villedieu-Les-Poeles, where they were blessed in a benediction ceremony by a local priest, then sent on a convoy of trucks to Paris.
The new bells are part of celebrations marking 850 years since the beginning of the cathedral's construction in 1163.
It took nearly 90 years to build.
"This is a wonderful return to history and at the same time an extraordinary leap forward because it means that with these bells we are going to endure for the centuries to come," said Patrick Jacquin, Rector and Archpriest of Notre Dame of Paris.