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This instrument is in the cathedral of St. Johnn the Baptist, Wroclaw, Poland. Despite being a smaller building than the cahtedral of Notre Dame, Paris (France) this is much the larger instrument:

This organ is part of the instrument that was built when Wroclaw was under German occupation and known as Breslau. A "Centenial Hall" was built elsewhere in the city and an organ was comissioned from W. Sauer (Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany) in 1911-1913. It had 200 stops and 16,706 pipes when first installed in the Hall but this was increased, in 1937, to 222 stops.

The Centenial Hall was closed shortly after World War 2 and the instrument was split into two with a bulk of it being used here in Wroclaw Cathedral where it forms the biggest organ in Poland in a building smaller than Notre Dame, Paris:

Notre Dame: 5 manuals, 109 stops, 7,800 pipes
Wroclaw Cathedral: 5 manuals, 150 stops, 13,207 pipes

A bulk of the pipes are behind the organ facade in this picture but a number are also installed in the presbytery of the cathedral. The console from the Centenial Hall is also still present and has all 222 stop tabs. It is well worth hearing!

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