ORGANS OF PARIS 2.0 © Vincent Hildebrandt ALL ORGANS
Notre Dame des Vertus houses one of the oldest organs
of France. It was built in 1630-1635 by Pierre Le Pescheur
or Valeran de Héman. It had 14 stops on the great (48
notes) and an Echo (32 notes). In 1657, Pierre Desenclos
enlarged the Echo and added a pedal (29 notes).
At the beginning of the 19th century, the organ was
restored and enlarged with a Positif (51 notes), probably
In the second half of the 19th century, the instrument
underwent several interventions and upgrades, but most
of the original pipes were preserved. Before and after the
second world war, Louis-Eugène Rochesson performed a
In 1987, Robert Chauvin restored the organ to its former
glory, helped by Louis Benoist and Pierre Sarelot. Three
new cuneiform bellows have been installed on the left
side of the buffet.