The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, has decided to place the organ of the church of Saint-Mansuy in Villers-en-Haye (Meurthe-et-Moselle) under the authority of the classification body for historical monuments., threatened in the short term by work that would irreversibly damage its historical and heritage interest.

Alerted by organists and specialists of the region’s instrumental heritage of the risks incurred by this organ, the Minister of Culture decided, by this classification body, to confer on it all the effects of the classification under the title of historical monuments for a period of one year. This period will allow to suspend the envisaged works while engaging the services of the State and the territorial collectivity owner to conduct a reflection on the and protection of this exceptional instrument.

Attributed to the Verschneider brothers, organ builders in Puttelange (57), this remarkable instrument is dated 1840-1845. Originally built for the neighbouring town of Regniéville-en-Haye, it was transferred in 1896 to Villers-en-Haye, thus avoiding the destruction of the First World War. Representative of a tradition of organ building rooted in the region in the XIXe This instrument, which until now has been preserved and whose pipes were restored in 2006 with the same care as if the organ had been protected as a historical monument, is an exception to the organ heritage of the villages of Meurthe-et-Moselle.