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The six organs of the Basilica

Joaquim António Peres de Fontanes (1750 -1818) and António Xavier Machado e Cerveira (1756-1828)1792/1807

Mafra National Palace

Mafra National Palace
Mafra, Portugal

The 6 historical organs of the Basilica of Mafra were a truly innovative organ project. What makes of them a unique ensemble is not their number – a remarkable feature in itself – but the fact that they were built at the same time and originally conceived to play together. The present six instruments were built by the two most important Portuguese organ builders of the time – António Xavier Machado e Cerveira and Joaquim António Peres Fontanes – and were completed between 1806 and 1807.

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  • Title: The six organs of the Basilica
  • Creator: Joaquim António Peres de Fontanes (1750 -1818), António Xavier Machado e Cerveira (1756-1828)
  • Date Created: 1792/1807
  • Location Created: Mafra, Portugal
  • Rights: Gabriela Cordeiro © Direção-Geral do Património Cultural

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