The largest pipe organ in the world

The largest pipe organ in the world
The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ's console with ivory keyboards and hundreds of color-coded stops representing the sounds of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments is seen at Macy's in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 9. (Matt Rourke / AP)

The largest pipe organ in the world Music lovers from around the world have always made pilgrimages to hear the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, which resides not in a church, but in a Philadelphia department store. It's the largest operational pipe organ in the world — some say the world's largest playable instrument. And on the eve of its 100th year of serenading shoppers, it's never sounded better.

But at Christmastime, the organ, a National Historic Landmark, belongs not to tourists so much as to Philadelphians. Its holiday organ concert and sweetly old-fashioned light show has for generations been as much of a local tradition as trimming the tree or sitting on Santa's lap. [yahoo news]

The largest pipe organ in the world
Several of the tens of thousands of pipes in the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ are seen at Macy's in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 9. The organ was installed nearly 100 years ago in this location. (Matt Rourke / AP)

The largest pipe organ in the world
Color-coded stops representing the sounds of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments are seen at Macy's in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 9. (Matt Rourke / AP)


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