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WorldNotre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames

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.

Video filmed by onlookers showed flames and smoke billowing from the cathedral’s spire. The cathedral was evacuated “A terrible fire is taking place at the Cathedral of Notre - Dame ,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris said in a tweet, adding that firefighters were trying to bring the flames under control.

The historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has caught fire , police said Monday. A collection of dramatic videos and photos spread through social media Authorities have not yet released the cause of the fire or any further information as to how the fight to suppress the flames has progressed.

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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.

Flames are leaping from major Paris landmark and world famous Cathedral the Notre Dame .

Flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre - Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019 afternoon, potentially involving renovation works Images taken by press photographers from the roof of the church just last week show the significant extent of the restoration work taking place on the

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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.

Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames © Provided by The Daily Beast Treasure Room in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. Alamy

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.

On 15 April 2019, sometime before 18:50 CEST, a fire broke out on the roof of Notre - Dame cathedral, Paris, France, causing significant damage to the building.

The treasures of Notre Dame go beyond its architecture. It’s also home to one of the most famous organs in the world, with 8,000 pipes; a spectacular stained glass rose windows dating from the 13th century; a treasury that contains sacred objects including crowns, chalices and robes worn by

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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.

‘Terrible’ fire engulfs 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as flames erupt from the roof and massive plume of smoke sweeps across the city. Firefighters are battling a massive blaze which broke out at the world-famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris this evening. Pictures posted on social

Catastrophic Fire Engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The associated press (lori "Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told Some 400 firefighters were battling the blaze well into the night. Flames shot out of the roof

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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.


Paris: Yellow vest anger mixes with Notre Dame mourning.
French yellow vest protesters have set small fires as they marched through Paris on Saturday to drive home their latest message to the government: that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem the nation needs to solve. Police repeatedly fired tear gas on stone-throwing protesters on the margins of the largely peaceful march, one of several actions around Paris and other French cities. They're marking the 23rd straight weekend of yellow vest action against wealth inequality and President Emmanuel Macron's leadership. Security was extra-high in Paris as authorities braced for resurgent yellow vest anger.

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