This Saturday, the French authorities announced the start of cleaning and restoration work on the large organ of the Notre Dame cathedral, which had been damaged in the great fire last year that almost devastated the historic Parisian church.
The organ has to be dismantled piece by piece and cleaning and restoration is expected to take until 2024, as more than 8,000 tubes have to be dismantled. Work on the keyboard will start next Monday.
Although the organ was not completely hit by the flames, lead dust and temperature fluctuations have caused considerable damage, said Special Commissioner for the Reconstruction of Notre Dame, Jean-Louis Georgelin.
The great symphonic organ has been the “voice of the cathedral” since 1733, as the Commissioner explained, and he hopes to have it ready in the next five years, as French President Emmanuel Macron promised.