Search for 270-ton bell resting under 25 feet of mud, 20 Aug 2014 16:38

In 1608, a Portuguese warlord named Filipe de Brito e Nicote was causing trouble near Myanmar and attempted to steal the Great Bell of Dhammazedi from the Golden Pagoda in what is now, Yangon. This was no ordinary bell however.  According to researchers, the bell weighed approximately 270-tons and is said to be the largest ever cast. de Brito was successful in getting it out of the pagoda and on to a raft, however as they were crossing the confluence of the Bago and Yangon Rivers, the raft broke apart and its enormous cargo sank to the bottom of the muddy river….  The bell has never been recovered and after over 400 years, likely sits under about 25 feet of mud.


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