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01:40  22 april  2019
01:40  22 april  2019 Source:   qz.com

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He ’ s the insurance agent : Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames As a fire The Notre Dame cathedral was built over centuries, starting in 1163. It was partially consumed in Michel Honore is the insurance assessor for the Treasure of Notre . Meet the man responsible for

Meet the man responsible for restoring the art in Notre Dame cathedral . He ’ s the insurance agent . Plans for restoration were underway even as the flames still blazed. Michel Honore, head of fine arts at Sedgwick, is among those tasked with restoring the beloved ancient cathedral to its

Meet the man responsible for restoring the art in Notre Dame cathedral. He’s the insurance agent© Provided by Atlantic Media, Inc. The Holy Crown of Thorns on display at Notre Dame Cathedral in 2014.

On this Easter Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion. For Catholics in Paris, the holiday is especially poignant this year, as the Cathedral of Notre Dame stands scorched and scarred from a fire on April 15—a reminder of the impermanence of all things, even the most seemingly enduring of edifices.

But there is also cause for celebration. Contemporary events mirrored religious history. The destruction at the start of Holy Week was accompanied by an outpouring of love from people around the world and pledges to rebuild the cathedral that inspired literary geniuses and spiritual seekers alike, promising a rebirth of sorts. Like Christ, Notre Dame will be resurrected.

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After Notre Dame ’ s disastrous fire Monday, one big question was what sort of insurance policy could The vaunted cathedral has no insurance , a spokesman for the French Consulate in New York City France owns Notre Dame , just like it owns all religious buildings erected before 1905, he said.

Who owns Notre - Dame and is it insured ? The French state owns the building and is its own insurer, and thus bears the entire risk. Contacted by AFP, the archdioceses of Paris did not immediately respond about the insurance coverage of the artworks and objects in the interior of the cathedral .

Plans for restoration were underway even as the flames still blazed. Michel Honore, head of fine arts at Sedgwick, is among those tasked with restoring the beloved ancient cathedral to its former glory. He is the insurance assessor for Le trésor de Notre-Dame, or the Treasure of Notre Dame, a collection of holy relics and artworks that reside in the cathedral, including the crown of thorns that Jesus wore on the cross and that is kept in a special chest.

Officially, Honore’s job is to assess the damage caused by the fire for the purpose of insurance claims. But to perform that role properly, he must understand the value of the art himself and assemble a team of artisans to help with the restoration.

“Often, people believe that our job is just to go and say no, to deny claims, but that is most certainly not the case,” Honore says. “We’re here to help. Our first job is to help. We are on the scene. We are there to accompany in a difficult time and to provide guidance.”

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He heads a group which owns brands including Gucci and Alexander McQueen. The United Nations cultural agency said on Monday that it will help France "save and restore " the "priceless heritage". French insurance firm AXA said on Tuesday it provided insurance coverage for two of the contracting firms that A fire broke out at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, destroying the roof and its iconic

Restoring the iconic French structure means replicating medieval building techniques and materials. London — The massive fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caused devastating damage to the structure, destroying its iconic spire and reducing its ancient wooden roof to ash.

A moment of relief

Meet the man responsible for restoring the art in Notre Dame cathedral. He’s the insurance agent© Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 21: Archbishop Michel Aupetit (2nd L) leads Notre Dame Easter Mass at the church of St Eustache on April 21, 2019 in Paris, France. Notre Dame's Easter service is being held at the nearby St. Eustache church following Monday's devastating fire that caused extensive damage to the historic landmark. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Honore says that watching Notre Dame burn was heartbreaking. “It’s a masterpiece, a part of my history and France’s history,” he explains. “It was a difficult psychological moment for France and for the world.”

Yet he had little time to contemplate the pain. As firefighters worked to stop the blaze, Honore was already assembling a team of 30 specialists in sculpture, stained glass, fabrics, painting, frames, ancient instruments, and more. These are the people who will work on assessing the state of the Treasure and restoring the cathedral’s damaged altar.

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The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is home to scores of priceless artifacts, artwork and relics collected over the centuries, each with their own It "contains relics for the protection of Paris," he said on Twitter. • A number of artworks will be taken to the renowned Louvre art gallery inthe coming days

“So he will have survived the fire, but imagine how his heart would break learning about this,” Stephen Murray, an expert in French medieval architecture at He was also fiercely attacked for his vision and accused of vandalizing history. Viollet-le-Duc restored the facade of Notre - Dame , inside and out

Honore says that thanks to a detailed plan that was “perfectly executed,” and to the fine work of firefighters, it seems now that about 90% of the Treasure was saved.

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Notre - Dame ’ s treasures are made up of 1,000 to 1,200 items including precious metals, traditional church dresses and paintings. More modern items also include a gift to the cathedral from Pope John Paul II. “One of the first items to come out was the crown of thorns and the remnants of the crucifix.

A catastrophic fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, altering the city' s skyline and threatening a potent symbol of Catholicism at the But he pledged to rebuild, starting with the launch of an international fundraising campaign. " Notre Dame is our history, it' s our literature, it' s our imagery.

Paris’ Deputy Mayor for Tourism and Sports, Jean-Francois Martins explained to CBS This Morning on April 16, “We made a human chain, with our friends from the church…Very quickly a team was fully dedicated to save all these holy pieces, and specifically the relics and the crown.”

Still, there are masterpieces inside the cathedral that could not be removed, like an organ and the altar at the heart of Notre Dame and some of the artwork. These were probably damaged by smoke and water, Honore imagines, although he wasn’t able to enter the cathedral last week to start his assessment.

Meet the man responsible for restoring the art in Notre Dame cathedral. He’s the insurance agent© REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes A general view before Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache, days after a massive fire devastated large parts of the structure of the gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, in Paris, France, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes He rushed to the scene immediately, and hoped to enter with his team of experts on April 17, two days after the blaze, but it was too soon. Honore was forced to watch the smoldering historical building from a safe distance, along with Parisians who lined the streets and stared. He expects his team’s work will begin in earnest in the coming days and that they will start to take stock of the damage and formulate a detailed restoration plan.

Each object or work, whether removable or fixed in the cathedral, has already been rigorously assessed by art experts. While it’s difficult to put a monetary price on things with a profound spiritual value that are essentially priceless to people of faith, Honore says that his work today is made relatively easy by the expert valuations. These describe each artifact in great detail, including providing where to find the specialists who can restore an ancient painting or frame, say, in the precise way that these arts and crafts were practiced in the past.

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After Paris’ s Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames on Monday work has begun assessing the damage to the 850-year-old building and its precious artworks . The damaged Notre Dame Cathedral . Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images.

Notre - Dame de Paris, referred to simply as Notre - Dame , is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

Ziziphis spina christi

Meet the man responsible for restoring the art in Notre Dame cathedral. He’s the insurance agent© LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images A view shows the Saint Eustache church in Paris during a mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on Easter Sunday on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) Of course, not every object can be restored or replaced. Honore points out that he’s deeply relieved that the crown of thorns, for example, was saved from the recent blaze. Otherwise, this holy relic would be gone forever, and with it, an important piece of Christian history.

Today, the crown of thorns is revered by Catholics. But its origins are bittersweet. This painful wreath that Jesus wore on the cross when Roman soldiers crucified him in Jerusalem in the early first century was a punishment, a mockery, and a form of torture. It’s one of the instruments of the Passion, a symbol of Christ’s suffering, and its story is told in the Book of Matthew in the New Testament:

The soldiers of the governor took Jesus… And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:27-29)

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Kilometer Zero: Notre - Dame de Paris, the place from which distance in France is measured, the reference of a people, the starting point and endpoint, the “epicenter,” as President Emmanuel Macron put it. That is why so many people, religious or not, were in tears as the great cathedral burned.

Notre Dame and all of its pre-1905 artworks are the property of the French state and not insured . The French government is responsible for costs like restoration and “ The insurance business operates by spreading risk over a large number of similarly situated insured parties, and obviously in the case

The crown is said to be made from the branches of a Jujube tree, the Ziziphus spina christi (pdf), a deciduous tree native to much of Africa from Mauritania through the Sahara and Sahel deserts in the west all the way to the Red Sea. According to the World Agroforestry Center, the tree is not native to Jerusalem; however, the exotic torture instrument has long grown throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has a light gray bark, cracked, scaly and twisted trunk, and lots of flexible branches that grow thorns in pairs, one straight, the other curved, which can grow longer than an inch.

Today what remains of the crown that was held in the treasury of Notre Dame is the naked wreath. Normally, it’s kept in a round rock crystal reliquary and displayed to the public on the first Friday of the month and on every Friday during Lent. And it’s not entirely certain that this is actually the wreath that Jesus is said to have worn.

Texts from the early sixth century through the ninth century indicate that the crown was on display in the Basilica of Mount Zion, near the Old City of Jerusalem. It was transferred to Constantinople, now the Turkish city of Istanbul, in the early 11th century. Over the years, thorn by thorn it was shorn. In 1238, Baldwin II, the latin emperor of Constantinople offered the French king Louis IX the relic in exchange for support for his teetering empire, which is how the wreath made its way to Paris

Still, it’s impossible to determine whether this is the real thing, and many have laid claim to portions of this instrument of the Passion, quite possibly fraudulently in order to inspire holy pilgrimages. Churches in Belgium and Germany historically boasted thorns. Italians claim two thorns, branches, and a small part of the crown in Gerusalemme, Rome, Pisa, and Naples. Spanish bishops dispute the French and Italian remains, claiming they have seven thorns in three cathedrals. In England, three locales display thorns and, across the pond, there is a single thorn in St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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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.

“The Notre Dame cathedral is classified as a historical monument since 1862, and like all properties belonging to the state, it is Additionally, AXA Art is involved in the insurance of certain artefacts and ceremonial objects in the Notre - Dame . Presently, the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

What’s certain now is that the crown of Notre Dame’s Treasure will only be more legendary and special after surviving the fire that threatened to destroy one of the world’s most memorable buildings. When the cathedral is restored, inside and outside, and Honore and his team are finally done with their work, the holy relic will continue to inspire cultural and religious pilgrims, as it has done for centuries, their memories blazed by the devastating scene in Paris last week.

As Notre Dame rector Patrick Chauvet told the Associated Press, “I believe that from this suffering there will be a renaissance.”

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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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