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Old 01.05.2021, 11:20
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Found great apartment BUT near a church...

Hi,

I'm in the process of moving to a new apartment, everything ticks but the only negative point is that nearby there is a catholic church and it has, obviously, a bell tower that announces the service plus the time every hour (I imagine).

I've never lived in an apartment with a church nearby and I don't know if people in that situation get used to the bell ringing every hour...
The apartment has good walls and double glazing so I'm not too bothered in winter. In summer though, with the balcony facing the church and windows open (the apt. has no AC), not sure how will be... I don't know neither if during sleeping hours the bell ring..

the church is about 70 meters from the apartment.

Any experiences?

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Old 01.05.2021, 11:45
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

There are a bunch of church-bell threads on this forum. Use the search box to find them.
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Old 01.05.2021, 12:01
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

You very quickly get used to it and after a while when somebody comes visiting and remarks on the bells you ask: "What bells?"
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Old 01.05.2021, 12:12
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

I find them convenient when I'm wrenching at the garages to know the time.

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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

If you are already worried about it, I wouldn’t move there.
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Old 01.05.2021, 12:31
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

It's more likely to be every fifteen minutes!

The church near us marks the quarter hour, including through the night. By the time midnight rolls around we have four bells to show it's on the hour, plus the twelve bells.

But you definitely get used to it. I missed the bells when the clocktower was being repaired 😉
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Old 01.05.2021, 12:29
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Hi,

I'm in the process of moving to a new apartment, everything ticks but the only negative point is that nearby there is a catholic church and it has, obviously, a bell tower that announces the service plus the time every hour (I imagine).

At least every hour - possibly much more frequently.

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Any experiences?
Annoying during work conference calls.

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I find them convenient when I'm wrenching at the garages to know the time.

Tom
When we lived near one, I found it useful, on a Sunday, to match making a lot of noise in the garage to coincide with the bell tolling.
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Hi,

I'm in the process of moving to a new apartment, everything ticks but the only negative point is that nearby there is a catholic church and it has, obviously, a bell tower that announces the service plus the time every hour (I imagine).

I've never lived in an apartment with a church nearby and I don't know if people in that situation get used to the bell ringing every hour...
The apartment has good walls and double glazing so I'm not too bothered in winter. In summer though, with the balcony facing the church and windows open (the apt. has no AC), not sure how will be... I don't know neither if during sleeping hours the bell ring..

the church is about 70 meters from the apartment.

Any experiences?

Thanks
I have never, ever gotten used to church bells. If you are a light sleeper, that won't do.

However, if we are talking about Canton VD here, the good news is that it's a protestant canton, meaning (usually) way less church bells than in catholic cantons.

When I moved, I called the church to ask them about it.

Our church bells are 1 x hour and then there is the Sunday mass (once every three weeks as they pick a different village every time). Such a huge difference compared to other Cantons where I lived in the past!
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

We live near protestant church but it rings every 15 min and also 5 min long 4 times during the work day (at 7, 11, 15 and 19). It only stopped ringing through the night since Aug 2019.
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

We were visiting Alsace on some long weekend in spring, and the bells started ringing at 5 a.m. on Sunday and rang for at least 15 min.
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

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I've never lived in an apartment with a church nearby and I don't know if people in that situation get used to the bell ringing every hour...
Yes, but not everyone does.

I've been living 50m from a belltower for ten years, with livingroom and bedrom windows facing it. My ears quickly learned to filter the bells out, no problem with the window slightly open even though it would chime during the night (not sure how often). I would only realise it while on the telephone when all of a sudden the other side became impossible to understand.

Does noise bother you? Or can you, for instance, (easily) sleep with music you like on? If the latter is a No, that apartment may not be for you even if the nights are quiet.

I'm quite a bit older today, I would want quiet night hours, no chiming from 11pm thru 6am or so.

So, perhaps enquire with the commune, the church, or your future neighbors. Don't rely on the landlord or agency, they may downplay it if there's a problem.
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Old 01.05.2021, 21:05
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

We live right next to a Church- it rings for lunch and at 10pm- and Thurs pm at 19.00- then for very rare services, funerals and weddings. Love it when they ring- the vibrations are very good for you

Our place in the UK is in line with a Church steeple and bells- it rings every quarter, and ever hour, right through the night- 28 bells at midnight...and the bells are as good as Big Ben's. Lots of bell ringing practice, 1 hour + at a time. We've got used to it- and quite like it
So no, it is not a Swiss thing!
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

I live near a church and would advise against it. It is so annoying that it really disturbs me

Every 15 mins and three times a day loud banging for five minutes or so

It gets to you after a while believe me
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Old 01.05.2021, 21:44
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

I sort of filter that out as it is a regular noise. Cars, buses, whatever do wake me up but somehow church bells I can live with. Strange as I am noise sensitive so no idea why that does not bother me (the mosque in Bogor, now that is another story……)
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Old 01.05.2021, 21:45
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

I lived very close to a bell tower in Zurich. Rang the time every 15' but it also rang savagely for 14' (yes, fourteen) a couple of times per day, e.g. in the evening between 19:00 and 19:15. During those 14' it was impossible to talk at the phone or watch some videos, even with headphones.

I got quickly used to the time, actually it was useful, but I found the other long ringing very annoying and frankly also useless.
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

Burn the freakin church to the ground. I wonder how soon the police came if I was playing AC/DC hells bells at that sound level.

It is outrageous that the indoctrinated church is still given such privilege. Where is the equal application of the law?

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Hi,

I'm in the process of moving to a new apartment, everything ticks but the only negative point is that nearby there is a catholic church and it has, obviously, a bell tower that announces the service plus the time every hour (I imagine).

I've never lived in an apartment with a church nearby and I don't know if people in that situation get used to the bell ringing every hour...
The apartment has good walls and double glazing so I'm not too bothered in winter. In summer though, with the balcony facing the church and windows open (the apt. has no AC), not sure how will be... I don't know neither if during sleeping hours the bell ring..

the church is about 70 meters from the apartment.

Any experiences?

Thanks
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Old 02.05.2021, 10:45
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Burn the freakin church to the ground. I wonder how soon the police came if I was playing AC/DC hells bells at that sound level.

It is outrageous that the indoctrinated church is still given such privilege. Where is the equal application of the law?
There will come a time when church bell ringing will be reduced, simply because there's no need for the perpetual noise that tells us the time.
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

Relagu- wrap up warm, take a blanket- and go and sleep in front of the buidling with windows open, and see- or rather listen.

In the small Market Town where we have our flat in UK, many newcomers have written to the Church and Council about the bells. The response has always been clear and definite 'the bells have been here for centuries- if you don't like it, go elsewhere' or words to that effect. Simple.
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Old 02.05.2021, 12:17
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Relagu- wrap up warm, take a blanket- and go and sleep in front of the buidling with windows open, and see- or rather listen.

In the small Market Town where we have our flat in UK, many newcomers have written to the Church and Council about the bells. The response has always been clear and definite 'the bells have been here for centuries- if you don't like it, go elsewhere' or words to that effect. Simple.
I understand ringing at the full hour but everything in between is needless.
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Re: Found great apartment BUT near a church...

I used to live on the top floor, about 15 metres from a (relatively small) bell that would chime every 15min. It never bothered me but it took my girlfriend, who's a light sleeper, about 6 months to get used to it. I'm undecided if it was worth it for the cheap rent.
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