Sacré-Coeur 1 2
35, rue du chevalier-de-la-Barre, 75018 Paris
Orgue de tribune
1898 - Cavaillé-Coll
1919 - Mutin
1931 - Cavaillé-Coll
1948 - Jean Perroux
1959 - Beuchet-Debierre
1985 - Renaud
2003 - Dargassies
Photos GO/console: Pierre Marteau
Photos interior: Victor Weller
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The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is an immense basilica in a
Roman-Byzantyne style, built as a national penance for
the defeat of France in the 1871 Franco-Prussian War and
the socialist Paris Commune of 1871. Construction of the
Basilica started in 1876 with Abadie as the lead architect.
When Paul Abadie died in 1884, he was succeeded by
Lucien Magne, who added an 83 meter (272 ft) tall clock
tower. The Savoyarde clock installed here is one of the
world's largest. Construction was finished in 1914 and it
was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.
The organ was built by Cavaillé-Coll in 1898, originally
ordered by baron de l’Espée for its Castle in Biarritz. He
sold his organ a few years later to Charles Mutin and the
Basilica acquired it in 1913. The instrument is housed in
an organ case designed by architect Lucien Magne in 1914
and installed by Mutin, who added some mutations and
mixtures. It was inaugurated in 1919. Restorations took
place in 1930-1931 by Société Cavaillé-Coll, in 1948 by Jean
Perroux and in 1959-60 by Beuchet-Debierre. During that
restoration, the central part of the organcase was
suppressed on demand of the clergy to expose the
stained glass window behind the organ. This meant that
the Montre had to be shifted and the swellcase of the Solo
had to be divided into two parts (in 1985, the inferior part
of the removed case was rebuild).
The latest restoration was in 1985 by Jean Renaud from
This organ has various exceptional characteristics:
- three of four manuals are expressif
- it has manuals of 61 tones
- it has reeds on the Solo 'en chamade' of 16', 8', and 4'
(high pressure, hidden behind the buffet)
Approx 70% of the pipes are of Cavaillé-Coll.
Claudine Barthel, Philippe Brandeis, Gabriel Marghieri.
Only Christmas Eve 10PM
Masses with organ
Friday 3PM; sunday 11AM, 6PM, 10PM, vespers