St Stephen’s Cathedral Passau, Germany – Catholic Largest Pipe Organ in the world

St. Stephan's Cathedral, Domplatz, Passau, Nemčija

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St Stephen’s Cathedral Passau

Passau’s magnificent Passau Cathedral is located on the old town’s highest point. After it had burnt down almost completely in the devastating 1662 town fire, it was rebuilt by the famous baroque architect Carlo Lurago. Its stucco works were done by G.B.Carlone and the frescos were painted by Carpoforus Tencalla, all of them Italien baroque artists.

Cathedral Organ of Saint Steven in Passau Cathedral

Europe largest Pipe Organ – Cathedral Organ of Saint Steven in Passau. Passau‘s Cathedral organ is now considered the largest catholic church organ in the world and Europe´s biggest organ with its 17.974 pipes and 233 stops.

It is nowadays the official number five in the listing of the worldwide largest pipe organs. The organ of the Passau Cathedral  of St. Steven is outstandingly unique and truly a technical marvel, with its 17.974 pipes, its 233 ringing registers and its five carillons that could all be played from one console.

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The organ consists of five separate parts – the great organ above the main entrance, the epistle and the gospel organ on the western gallery of the aisle, the choir organ at the altar and the echo organ in the attic behind the „Holy Spirit Hole“ in the ceiling in the middle of the nave.

The organ‘s muted tones reach the interior through that hole in the ceiling. The largest pipe is more than 11 meters long and weighs 306 kilos. Its deepest tone is almost inaudible with a frequency of 16 Hz.

The smallest pipes are 6 mm and their tones are almost to piercingly high for our hearing with a frequency of 16 000 Hz. More than 120 km cable had to be laid in the attic to connect the five organ parts.

The baroque case of the great organ is from the year 1731, the cases of the epistle and the gospel organ are from 1715. Based on the construction of Steinmeier in the years 1924 to 1928, today‘s organ has been restored from 1978 to 1981 by the organ company Eisenbarth that does still maintain it today.

Attend the Europe’s largest cathedral organ concerts

  • Weekdays from 2. May – 31. October.
  • Begins at: 12.00 and lasts 30 Minuts

Organ concerts

Organ concerts are played at noon (from 12 to 12.30 – duration ca. 30 minutes) from May to October every day except Sundays and holidays.

Furthermore are there organ concerts every Thursday (apart from holidays) at 7.30 p.m. (duration ca. 45 – 60 minutes) and at noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Advent and on all weekdays between Christmas and New Year‘s Eve.

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Let us remain close in the same prayer! May the Lord bless you abundantly!

With 17974 organ pipes, 233 stops and 4 carillons the organ in the Passau Cathedral is the world’s largest cathedral organ. All five parts of the organ can be played from the main key board, one at a time or all together, offering the visitor an unforgettable acoustical delight.

Let us remain close in the same prayer! May the Lord bless you abundantly!

Attend the world’s largest cathedral organ concerts

  • Weekdays from 2. May – 31. October.
  • Begins at: 12.00 and lasts 30 Minuts

Organ concerts

Organ concerts are played at noon (from 12 to 12.30 – duration ca. 30 minutes) from May to October every day except Sundays and holidays. Furthermore are there organ concerts every Thursday (apart from holidays) at 7.30 p.m. (duration ca. 45 – 60 minutes) and at noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Advent and on all weekdays between Christmas and New Year‘s Eve.

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Let us remain close in the same prayer! May the Lord bless you abundantly!

  • Sunday and festivities 7.30, 11.30
  • Weekdays 7.30 only in summer
  • in Andreas chapel – weekdays 7.30 only in winter, 9.00
  • in Andreas chapel – wednesday 19.00

Let us remain close in the same prayer! May the Lord bless you abundantly!

Treasury Museum of the Cathedral and the Diocese

The museum in the New Bishop’s Residence, a palace built in the early 18th century by the architects Domenico d’ Angeli and Antonio Beduzzi, shows the treasures of Passau’s past when it was the capital of the largest diocese of the Holy Roman Empire. In particular its rococo stairways and the fresco “The Gods of Olymp are worshipping the eternal town of Passau” are worthwhile seeing.

Let us remain close in the same prayer! May the Lord bless you abundantly!

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