Sainte Jeanne d'Arc
18, rue de la Chapelle , 75018 Paris
1838, 1901 - Abbey
1910, 1921 - ??
1946 - ??
1962 - Beuchet
Saint Denys de la Chapelle: no pipe-organ anymore
Photo of the organ: Vincent Hildebrandt
On September 6, 1914, in his homily delivered in
the Church of Saint-Denys de la Chapelle, Father
Margand proposed to make a solemn commitment
to raise a basilica dedicated to Joan of Arc if Paris
was not affected by the German armies. On the
same day, the German advance was halted: it was
the beginning of the Battle of the Marne.
In 1926, a competition was launched by the
Diocese of Paris for the construction of a church in
honour of Joan of Arc, alongside the Church of
Saint-Denys de la Chapelle The first stone was laid
and blessed by Cardinal Dubois on June 7, 1929,
and work began in 1930. From the beginning of the
work, the work encounters an unforeseen difficulty
which is the presence of underground cavities.
Nevertheless, on May 12, 1935, Cardinal Verdier
blessed the basilica and opened it to worship. But
the work was then halted and not resumed until
March 1955, because the parish school behind the
church had to be destroyed and rebuilt. Despite a
collection launched throughout France, Closson's
initial project proved to be far too expensive and
needed to be scaled back. The design of a new
project was entrusted to the architect Pierre
Isnard, who received a building permit on
December 22, 1959. It was not until 1964 that
construction was completed, the year of the fiftieth
anniversary of the wish and the victory of the
Marne. The basilica was consecrated by Cardinal
Feltin on May 10, 1964.
Masses with organ
Sunday at 11 a.m.
The organ comes from the nearby Church of St Denys
de la Chapelle. It was built in 1838 by John Abbey and
had a Renaissance style buffet. In 1901, Abbey
increased its composition to 14 stops.
In 1910, the dilapidated state of the tribune forced its
transfer to a side gallery.
In 1928, the dilapidated condition of the building
forced its dismantling. The organ was then stored in a
hangar in the city of Paris and was reassembled in the
new church of St. Joan of Arc in 1946. It then replaced
an instrument of which little is known.
Beuchet was in charge of the reassembly work. He
took the opportunity to remove the Renaissance buffet
and added 2 stops. In 1962, the instrument was moved
to the tribune and two stops were changed. Almost
half of the pipes date still to Abbey.