Prison » 800-year-old church heavily vandalised in French no-go suburb Saint-Denis

Voice Of Europe
March 13, 2019

The Basilica of Saint-Denis, built in 1135, was heavily vandalised last week, with vandals smashing stained glass windows and severely damaging the nearly 200-year-old organ.

The destruction was discovered  by the basilica’s organist, who found that the engine of the organ had been damaged along with other parts of the massive instrument, designed between 1834 and 1841, Le Parisien reports.

Saadia Tamelikecht, head of the departmental unit of architecture and heritage of the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs, said the damage to the instrument, which has been recognised as a historic monument of significance in France, was major.

According to Tamelikecht, the vandalism was likely done as a result of someone hiding within the instrument and smashing their way out.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:18 am

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