French Heritage Foundation began collecting donations for the restoration of the organ, which was destroyed during the fire in the Gothic Cathedral of Peter and Paul in Nantes, said channel BFMTV.
A few hours after the fire started in Nantes came Prime Minister of France Jean Castex, the culture Minister roselyn Bachelot and interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. According to BFMTV, the Prime Minister assured that the state will participate in the restoration of the Cathedral and organ.
The organ was installed in 1621, during this time, he has undergone five restorations, noted historian historian Paul Copelin.
“During the revolution, when the Church was nationalized, the government thought to destroy the body and to melt the tube. The organist saved the tool, saying that it can be used for the revolutionary ceremonies,” the historian said.
The last restoration of the organ took place in the XX century. In 1956 it was dismantled, it was returned to its place only in 1971.
This morning in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Nantes, a fire broke out. The fire was localized in about two hours after the arrival of firefighters.
The cause of the fire is not established, however, militiamen do not exclude that the temple was set on fire.
The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Nantes is the largest Gothic Church in the historical territory of Brittany and one of the largest in the whole of France – only six metres below the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was built during the XV–XIX centuries. The Cathedral was seriously damaged during the Second world war from the bombing, as well as in 1972 when fire destroyed the roof of the building.