Before the revolution

The organs built before the revolution

This section presents a review of all organs in Paris that have survived the revolution.
In 1789, there were approximately 150 churches and 50 convents. Approximately 130 of them vanished in the periode 1789-1860. In 1789, there were approximately 100 large organs and 30-40 smaller organs. In 1795, only 36 organs were left. Nowadays, there are 24 organcases left dating (at least partly) from before the revolution and 19 organs with some or much stops dating from before the revolution (mostly 18th century).

Only four instruments have a French classical character:
Chapelle de l'hôpital de la Salpêtrière
Saint-Gervais
Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs
Royal Chapel of the Versailles Castle.

Five organs are rebuilt in a neo-classical style:
Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Saint-Jacques-du-Haut-Pas
Saint-Séverin
Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin

Six organs are rebuilt in the 19th century:
Saint-Germain-de-l'Auxerrois
Saint-Sulpice
Saint-Roch
Saint-Médard
Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre
Saint Louis de Versailles

Ten organs are rebuilt in the 20th century:
Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles
Saint-Merry
Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet
Saint-Étienne-du-Mont
Saint-Louis-des-Invalides
Saint-Laurent
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Saint-Philippe-du-Roule
St-Joseph-des-Épinettes
Notre-Dame-deParis