The pipe organ is included in the traditions of many different types of music, from sacred to classical to pop. Pipe organs are generally found in churches and other houses of worship, concert halls, schools, and sometimes even shopping malls. Contrary to popular belief, the organ was not originally intended to be used as a religious instrument, but instead was played at games, banquets, and at the circus! It was not until around 1,100 years after the pipe organ was invented that it began making its way into churches.
The largest, fully functioning pipe organ is inside the Macy's department store in Philadelphia. The organ has been played every business day since 1911 after it was moved to Philadelphia from St. Louis, where it was built for the World Fair. 13 freight cars transported this massive pipe organ consisting of more than 10,000 pipes. Watch the video below to learn more!