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The organ of the Saint-Denis Basilica
The first trace of the presence of an organ in the Saint-Denis Basilica is certified in the archives in 1506. Replaced by two new instruments during the following centuries, the organ was dismantled during the Revolution. It was not until the restorations of the architect François Debret (from 1813 to 1846) that the reconstruction of an organ was envisaged. Debret designed the present neo-Gothic case with its fine sculpture. The young organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811-1899) was entrusted with the construction of the mechanism and built a gigantic instrument. Even today, Saint-Denis is one of the most beautiful organs in France.
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