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00:06  16 april  2019
00:06  16 april  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

Fire wrecks Notre-Dame Cathedral, centuries-old Parisian landmark

Fire wrecks Notre-Dame Cathedral, centuries-old Parisian landmark A fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, a spokesman from the fire department said.

As a fire rages at the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France is mourning the destruction of one of the most prominent symbols of its national heritage—and While it's unclear at the moment which treasures from inside Notre Dame may survive the flames , here are some of the cathedral's most

The horrific fire at Notre Dame risked reducing a thousand years of history to ruin. Among the treasures inside the famous cathedral, where every day Parisians celebrate weddings, funerals and baptisms, is the high altar with a Nicolas Coustou sculpture of the Descent from the Cross from 1723.

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As a fire rages at the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France is mourning the destruction of one of the most prominent symbols of its national heritage—and Christians and art buffs the world over are lamenting the potential loss of a thousand years of history and faith. While it's unclear at the moment which treasures from inside Notre Dame may survive the flames, here are some of the cathedral's most famous artworks, Catholic relics, and architectural gems that are now in peril:

'Art and history destroyed before our eyes': Witnesses share their horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral is engulfed in flames

'Art and history destroyed before our eyes': Witnesses share their horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral is engulfed in flames 'Basically the whole rooftop is gone. I see no hope for the building,' said witness Jacek Poltorak, watching the fire from a fifth-floor balcony two blocks from the cathedral in Paris.

One of Notre Dame ’s most treasured relics, the crown purports to be a band of rushes from the original crown of These too were saved from the flames , French media reported. Notre Dame fire : lead decontamination of schools begins. Work to protect children from risks of poisoning to be

Saved from the flames : The treasures that survived the Notre Dame fire . The North Rose window at Notre Dame cathedral dates from 1250. While talk of a reopening appeared unthinkable to many just hours ago, Paris firefighters are now confident that the main cathedral structure has been saved

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High Altar

Among the treasures inside the famous Cathedral, where every day Parisians celebrate weddings, funerals and baptisms, is the high altar with a Nicolas Coustou painting of the Descent from the Cross from 1723.

Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames © Provided by The Daily Beast The high altar and inner cloister of Notre Dame in Paris, France. Alamy

Treasure Room

Many of the religious relics, from communion chalices to vials of saintly blood, are kept in small Treasure Room that visitors could pay around $5 to see.

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Easter Trilogy

While they are not authenticated, and many Catholic churches around the world have similar relics, Notre Dame takes pride in its three Easter relics. Part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified, some nails that were used to affix him to the cross and part of the crown of thorns he wore are kept inside the Cathedral and used for Easter celebrations. The relics likely would have likely been out for Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday, the day before the fire broke out. The only day visitors are allowed to see the crown of thorns is on Good Friday.

Australian leaders mourn burning cathedral

Australian leaders mourn burning cathedral Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten have expressed their grief over the devastating blaze that's destroyed the spire and the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

When the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Parish caught fire Monday, most predicted the worst. It seemed unlikely the structure could survive, or that some of the treasures Notre - Dame de Paris is home to several irreplaceable relics, most notably the crown of thorns, a piece of the true cross, and one of the

Inside Notre - Dame , Father Fournier and the other firefighters worked to remove a painting When he saw the flames getting closer to the cathedral’s two towers, Father Fournier’s thoughts turned A fire tore the legendary Cathedral of Notre - Dame . Now , France’s president has called for it to be rebuilt in

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Reliquary that Houses Crown of Thorns

The ornate reliquary commissioned by Napoleon that houses the crown of thorns is, in itself, a work of art but is only brought out on Fridays during Lent and on Good Friday.

Gargoyles

The hundreds of grotesque gargoyles of Notre Dame may well survive the fire. They are there as both rain spouts to channel the water from the roof and as symbolism used by the Catholic Church to depict evil and keep evil spirits away with equally evil creations. They were added in the 13th century.

Flying Buttresses

About 80 years into construction, builders noted fissures on the high stone walls and incorporated flying buttresses to balance the pressure and let light into the dark cathedral.

Rose Window

The massive rose-shaped stained glass window was removed from the facade of Notre Dame during World War II when the French feared the Germans would target it. It was replaced in the 1960s.

Crown of Thorns saved from Notre Dame fire

Crown of Thorns saved from Notre Dame fire The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is home to ancient relics held sacred by Catholics, and as the structure burned on Monday, there were fears that all of the irreplaceable items inside might be destroyed. By late Monday, police announced that the fire was under control, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo shared some good news: The Crown of Thorns, a relic believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ, was safe, along with the Tunic of Saint Louis. She also said several pieces of artwork made it out unscathed, but did not specify which pieces. © Phillipe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images The Crown of Thorns.

Planners Underestimated the Risk . Notre - Dame is in the center of the city on a small island called Île de la Cité, which may have made it more difficult for firefighters to reach. But the spectacle of flames leaping from the cathedral left the country stunned, as pictures of the fire and its aftermath

“The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of Paris fire service, entered the cathedral with firefighters to help salvage some of the priceless artifacts held in

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Grand Organ

The cathedral’s first organ was installed in 1403 by Friedrich Schambantz and replaced 300 years later by 1738 by François Thierry. It was renovated and parts of it replaced every 300 or so years until the present time. The latest restoration in the 1990s brought it to its current state, with more than 8,000 pipes.

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Twelve Apostle Statues Around Spire

During the first restoration of the cathedral, some 450 years after it was built, Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc sculpted the 12 apostles in copper looking out over the city of Paris circling the 300-foot spire. These statues were rarely seen up close, but were postcard staples and now lay at the bottom of the cathedral with the collapsed spire.

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Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame's bees survive cathedral blaze.
Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame's smallest official residents — some 180,000 bees — somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral's ancient wooden roof. Confounding officials who thought they had perished, the bees clung to life, protecting their queen. "It's a big day. I am so relieved. I saw satellite photos that showed the three hives didn't burn," Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant told The Associated Press on Friday. "Instead of killing them, the CO2 (from smoke) makes them drunk, puts them to sleep," he explained.

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