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12:52  18 april  2019
12:52  18 april  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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

Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames 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. 

The crown finds its roots in early Christianity For those more spiritually inclined, according to three of the four canonical Gospels, a woven crown of thorns © Reuters: Philippe Wojazer The Holy Crown of Thorns is displayed during a ceremony at Notre Dame . Texts dating back to about AD 530 claim

The Holy Crown of Thorns is displayed during a ceremony at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris March 21, 2014. © Reuters / Philippe Wojazer. Notre - Dame is the most visited monument in the French capital.

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Notre Dame fire: Was the crown of thorns that survived the blaze THE crown of thorns?

Notre Dame fire: Was the crown of thorns that survived the blaze THE crown of thorns? © Reuters: Philippe Wojazer French Archbishop Patrick Chauvet holds the crown of thorns. So it should come as little surprise that a fire that threatened to destroy the centuries-old Notre Dame cathedral where the religious relic was housed was unable to cement its demise.

But as authorities count the cost of the treasure trove of historic and religious artefacts lost to Tuesday's blaze, some have questioned how Parisians even got their hands on a relic purported to have originated in first-century Judea.

Crown of Thorns saved from Notre Dame fire

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The Crown of Thorns , which is considered Paris’s equivalent of the Crown Jewels, is normally stored at the end of a nave of It is not yet known whether the cathedral's ten bells survived the blaze . Notre Dame fire - This is the moment the Spire collapses as blaze breaks out at the cathedral.

Along with the Crown of Thorns , Notre Dame housed a purported fragment of the True Cross, upon which Jesus is said to have been crucified, and an original nail that was Saint Denis is the patron saint of Paris, and a depiction of him preaching stood in the cathedral. Painting of St Thomas Aquinas.

So what is the significance of the crown of thorns to the story of Easter? Where does it come from? And can we be sure it's actually the real deal?

The crown finds its roots in early Christianity For those more spiritually inclined, according to three of the four canonical Gospels, a woven crown of thorns was placed on the head of Jesus in the lead-up to his crucifixion (this was sometime between AD 30-33).

The crown is considered one of the Instruments of the Passion (otherwise known as Arma Christi) — objects associated with Jesus's Passion in Christian symbolism and art — and was employed by his captors to mock his claim of authority and cause pain.

"And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand," the Gospel of Matthew says (King James Version translation).

The hero who saved the Crown of Thorns: Fire brigade chaplain entered flaming Notre Dame to recover holy relic - three years after he bravely helped Bataclan terror victims

The hero who saved the Crown of Thorns: Fire brigade chaplain entered flaming Notre Dame to recover holy relic - three years after he bravely helped Bataclan terror victims Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, saved the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the blazing Notre Dame cathedral on Monday night.

The crown of thorns thought to have been worn by Jesus was among the surviving treasures. The world is still reeling from the devastating fire that ripped through the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris last night. Experts in the restoration of historical monuments estimate that it will take between 10 and

The Crown of Thorns . The cathedral’s most valued relic, this is the headpiece said to be worn by Jesus Christ before his crucifixion. Notre - Dame Bells. Quasimodo still has a job, as the famous bells, the largest of which has been ringing in major moments in French history since 1685, are safe.

"And they bowed the knee and mocked him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!'"

The relic is further referenced by the Church fathers — ancient and influential Christian theologians and writers — and has become synonymous with artistic interpretations of the Passion.

It's a while before it turns up

Notre Dame fire: Was the crown of thorns that survived the blaze THE crown of thorns? © Reuters: Philippe Wojazer The Holy Crown of Thorns is displayed during a ceremony at Notre Dame. Texts dating back to about AD 530 claim the crown was on show in the "Basilica of Mount Zion" — a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City — where it was believed to have been venerated for some time.

Then things get a little bit trickier to trace.

At some point over the next couple of hundred years, the crown was transferred to Byzantium (an ancient Greek colony), where several thorns were removed.

Justinian the Great, the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, purportedly gave a thorn to Saint Germain, the Bishop of Paris.

Police question Notre Dame workers

Police question Notre Dame workers Parisians and tourists have flocked to the River Seine to grieve the devastation caused by the fire as authorities warn about the safety of the church's structure.

Notre Dame fire - An emotional crowd sings hymns in unity 300 yards from the ablaze Paris cathedral. Notre Dame was home to a number of priceless artefacts, rushed away from the blaze . The Crown of Thorns at Notre Dame is the cathedral's most precious relicCredit: AFP or licensors.

The crown of thorns is said to be the wreath Jesus wore as he was crucified. It was acquired by King Louis IX in 1238 and has resided in Notre - Dame The king's tunic, known as the tunic of St. Louis, was also saved from the blaze . It's rare for linen to survive for such a long time in such good condition.

Some years later, Irene of Athens, a Byzantine empress, sent Charles the Great (the Holy Roman Emperor) several thorns to be kept in Aachen.

Then, like a blender given to you at Christmas, they were re-gifted.

Charles the Bald (who was purportedly excessively hairy) and Hugh the Great (not to be confused with Hugh the OK) were among the litany of recipients.

Eventually, thorns found their way to Malmesbury Abbey in England and Andechs Abbey in Germany.

Slowly but surely, the crown (or at least part of it) made its way to Europe.

It's a long story as to how France got it

But the TL;DR of it is this: the Latin Emperor of Constantinople realised he was a bit of a Neville No Friends and used it to try and buy support.

In 1238, Baldwin II offered the crown to Louis IX, the King of France, to gain backing for his tottering empire.

It ended up in the hands of the Venetians for a while as security for a heavy loan but inevitably found its way back to Paris.

King Louis XI commissioned the Sainte-Chapelle to house it, where it stayed until the French Revolution when it was deposited in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

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Global competition to design new Notre Dame spire The French prime minister has announced an international architects' competition to rebuild the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral. Edouard Philippe revealed the bold new future plans for the famous church after a special Cabinet meeting held by French President Emmanuel Macron, focusing on the reconstruction of the cathedral. Philippe said the competition would aim at "giving Notre Dame a spire adapted to technologies and challenges of our times." He said authorities had no estimate yet of the total cost of the renovation work. Macron said Tuesday he wants the cathedral to be rebuilt in five years.

Notre - Dame Cathedral is an architectural and historical marvel—but it's also home to many priceless works of art and religious relics. In the wake of yesterday's fire , here's what we know about any surviving artifacts, as well as the state of the structure itself. The cathedral has been found to be

The Crown of Thorns , considered Paris’s equivalent of the Crown Jewels, is Paris’s equivalent of the Crown Jewels – venerated by Christians – could be badly damaged or wrecked. A view of Notre - Dame Cathedral on fire as seen from Montmartre in the east on 15 April, 2019 in Paris, France.

And that's where it had been ever since... until this week.

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, says it's now in a "safe place" along with the tunic of Saint Louis and several other major works.

Not all Christians accept the historicity of relics, however

Notre Dame fire: Was the crown of thorns that survived the blaze THE crown of thorns? Indeed, John Calvin, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, was very much against them.

He published his Treatise on Relics in 1543 in which he argued the veneration of relics had become idolatry. He also pointed out there was no mention of the keeping of the relics of Christ or anyone else in the earliest church writings.

Professor Euan Cameron from Union Theological Seminary in New York summarised the difficulties with relics in his book Interpreting Christian History:

"The deliberate avoidance of anything savouring of idolatry in the early church made it most unlikely that any such relics would have been kept in the first place.

"Then there was the problem that so many relics existed in multiple versions across Europe: one saint might have up to four full bodies dispersed in various places, besides body parts dispersed here and there."

Professor Cameron noted that most relics began to be exhibited in the late Middle Ages, and often had telltale markers of that period.

His conclusion was that most, if not all, had to be forgeries.

Mystery man in viral photo taken hour before Notre Dame Cathedral fire identified

Mystery man in viral photo taken hour before Notre Dame Cathedral fire identified The photo was shared Monday with thousands of retweets searching for the mystery man.

He survived an ambush in Afghanistan, helped tend the wounded in aftermath of the Bataclan attack and now he has saved a priceless relic. Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, saved fragments of the Crown of Thorns and helped salvage the Blessed Sacrament as Notre Dame

Most of the Notre Dame Cathedral’s treasures were saved after a massive fire . This includes its most sacred relic, the Crown of Thorns , which many believe

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