Church of the Holy Spirit in Évora

Évora, Portugal

Background

The organ of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Évora, a masterpiece of design by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, benefits from the wonderful acoustics of the building. The quality of its workmanship and the care with which it has been maintained has meant that countless generations of worshippers and visitors to the church have been treated to the remarkable sounds of the organ. Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811–1899), an organ maker who constructed more than 500 instruments, was renowned in his lifetime as a leading craftsman, best recognized for his organs in the Church of Saint Sulpice in Paris, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and the Basilica of Saint Sernin in Toulouse.

How We Helped

World Monuments Fund assisted with the restoration of the organ, which remains one of the best examples in Portugal of the genius of French organ maker Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. WMF Portugal secured funds from the Guincho Club for this project.

Why It Matters

The restoration of the organ of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Évora returned to the city and an important element of cultural patrimony, allowing those entering the church to understand the important role music has played in the religious and artistic life of Portugal. The organ will be used for religious services, concerts, and special events. The University of Évora and the Church of the Holy Spirit are also able to collaborate on educational programs that center on the organ, its history, and its musical legacy.

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