The organs of Paris
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Introduction

Paris is the organ paradise on earth! The city houses currently about 264 organs which are mainly located in churches, temples, conservatories and concert halls. Although there are very few organs preserved dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, many elements dating from these centuries have been reused in the following centuries. In the 18th century, the rise and importance of the capital allowed the great parishes to acquire exceptional organs. The French Revolution put a stop to the Parisian organ building, which continued during the 19th century until the arrival of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Since then, the presence of this famous organ builder made it possible to equip the capital with a multitude of high-quality instruments. This momentum will continue throughout the 20th century despite the two world conflicts and the different trends in organ aesthetics. This site is dedicated to the inventory of organs located in Paris intramural as well as of selected organs in the suburbs. Its goal is to identify and make known this rich heritage to the public.
Currently the city of Paris owns 126 organs (among which 42 choir organs), many of which are classified as Historic Monuments. However, despite the effort made to preserve as much as possible this heritage, the municipality has only a yearly budget of 240.000 euros for maintenance and restoration works. A plan for the maintenance of this great cultural heritage has been made but the execution of it is hindered by financial constraints. Fortunately, clergy, organists, associations of friends of the organ) often try to make the most of this heritage at its expense by maintaining it, valuing it and organizing concerts.
Organs of Paris

Introduction

Paris is the organ paradise on earth! The city houses currently about 264 organs which are mainly located in churches, temples, conservatories and concert halls. Although there are very few organs preserved dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, many elements dating from these centuries have been reused in the following centuries. In the 18th century, the rise and importance of the capital allowed the great parishes to acquire exceptional organs. The French Revolution put a stop to the Parisian organ building, which continued during the 19th century until the arrival of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Since then, the presence of this famous organ builder made it possible to equip the capital with a multitude of high-quality instruments. This momentum will continue throughout the 20th century despite the two world conflicts and the different trends in organ aesthetics. This site is dedicated to the inventory of organs located in Paris intramural as well as of selected organs in the suburbs. Its goal is to identify and make known this rich heritage to the public.
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