The world watched in frozen horror as news broadcasts showed a fire blazing through the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. The fate of the historic building and its contents hung in the balance. The damage was extensive, yet somehow, miraculously even, some things survived. Among the remaining treasures in the cathedral is the pipe organ, known as the Grand Organ.
There were actually two organs in the cathedral. The Choir (smaller) organ received significant water damage, but reports are water flowed down both sides of the Grand (main) Organ case rather than into it, sparing it from flooding.
[Related: A pipe organ is one of the most complicated machines ever built but the pipes that make the sound are really quite simple. Here is a fun printable to show kids how those pipes work.]
[Related: Did you know the pipe organ is one of our very oldest instruments? A unit study for older kids is available here.]