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Lorris, Notre Dame Church [Back to Library]

Producer: Augustine's Virtual Organs
Country: France
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Lorris is located 130 km south of Paris and 60 km from Orleans. A royal city since the 12th century, the kings of France had their residence there: the Château des Salles.

The Romanesque church dates from the 12th and 13th centuries. It was built under the monks of Saint-Benoît. It has been modified and expanded over the centuries. Saint Louis placed it under the protection of Notre-Dame. In 1562 the church was looted and significantly damaged, but the organ and the statue of the Holy Virgin were spared. The church was restored in 1607.

According to research, the organ was built in 1501, although no archival data has survived. The originally Renaissance organ was rebuilt several times in the following century. The organ was majorly repaired in 1681 and detailed documentation has already been prepared. According to this, the organ had a Baroque disposition and a Venetian style. The organ was constantly maintained and functioned well until the end of the 19th century. Then a jealous organist destroyed the organ by piercing the organ tubes. The organ was not repaired, but the pipes were tossed into the attic of the church, but the mechanics of the organ remained relatively intact. After a dream of almost a hundred years, the organ was restored from 1972 to 1974, and the organ once again became the adornment of the church as the oldest organ in France.

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