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10:20  16 april  2019
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Paris' historic Notre-Dame Cathedral hit by fire

Paris' historic Notre-Dame Cathedral hit by fire A fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, a spokesman from the fire department said.

Spire of centuries-old landmark destroyed after flames burst through the roof.

Paris’ most visited tourist attraction – the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral – caught fire Monday afternoon. It was by weather and time in many places, and renovation work was underway to shore it up. French President Emmanuel Macron cancelled his scheduled address to the nation because of

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The fire that destroyed two-thirds of the roof of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris on Monday did more than damage a beloved historic landmark: It also endangered the vast collection of Christian relics and artwork housed both within the building and on its grounds.

One of the cathedral’s most precious treasures — a relic of the crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ at the time of his crucifixion — was saved from the flames, according to the rector of the cathedral, Msgr. Patrick Chauvet.

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Many priceless artworks and cultural relics have been removed and saved from burning. A fire has torn through Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral causing huge damage, the extent of which is still unknown. Late on Monday, after fighting the blaze for several hours, the Paris fire service said its main structure


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Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Diana Ayanna/Associated Press Flames and smoke rose as the spire on the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris collapsed on Monday.

But the condition of many of its other treasures — including sculptures, paintings, stained glass windows and liturgical art and relics — remained unclear, Monsignor Chauvet said. He said the main threats to the artwork were fire, smoke damage and falling material like melted lead. Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Philippe Wojazer/Reuters A knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem holding the crown of thorns during a ceremony.

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What the papers say – April 16 The front pages carry images of Notre Dame in flames.

Notre - Dame de Paris – Our Lady of Paris – has been one of the most enduring and symbolic The stained-glass “rose” rosace on the southern side of the Notre Dame Cathedral is threatened by the Several precious religious relics , revered by Catholics, were inside the building. On the roof there

Notre Dame ’s most precious treasure, a relic venerated as the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus Christ, is feared to have been badly damaged in the fire. The Crown of Thorns, which is considered Paris’s equivalent of the Crown Jewels, is stored at the end of a nave of the cathedral, not readily visible to

Bernard Fonquernie, who worked in cathedral administration from 1978 to 2001, said water used to fight the fire could also damage its stonework and whatever wood survived the blaze.

Here are some of the treasures about which scholars and the religious faithful are most concerned.

The crown of thorns

Among the most prized relics at Notre-Dame is a relic of the crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ during the crucifixion. Stephen Murray, a professor emeritus of Gothic architecture and medieval art at Columbia University, said the crown at Notre-Dame purportedly contains fragments of the original artifact.

The cathedral also contains a piece of wood believed to be a piece of the cross and a nail believed to have been used in the crucifixion. Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Ludovic Marin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The west rose window at Notre-Dame.

“Most of these great cathedrals become destination points through the treasury, what they hold that you can come and worship or that you can come and see,” said Nora Heimann, a professor of art history at the Catholic University of America.

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Pictures of Notre-Dame Before the Fire: A Cathedral That Defined a City When the architects of Cathedral of Notre-Dame set to work some 850 years ago, their goals were nothing if not ambitious. © Jean-Sebastien Evrard/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Notre-Dame is one of Paris’s most famous landmarks, drawing about 13 million visitors a year. The church’s sanctuary, they decreed, must be taller than any built before. The nave would rise 108 feet, and the two 223-feet-tall towers would cast a far-reaching shadow over the roofs of Paris. © Getty Notre-Dame around 1900.

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To describe the cathedral of Notre Dame as a national monument is a grave understatement. The colossal fire swept through the cathedral causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire Notre - Dame de Paris is home to the relic accepted by Catholics the world over cathedral.

Monsignor Chauvet said Monday that the crown of thorns was in safe hands. He said the tunic of Saint Louis, a religious relic, and a collection of chalices held in the cathedral’s treasury had also been saved.

It was unclear what happened to the piece of wood and the nail some believe to have been used in the crucifixion. Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Godong/UIG, via Getty Images Stained glass in the Notre-Dame cathedral cloister, the story of St. Genevieve.

The rose windows

The cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, from whom the church takes its name, which means “Our Lady of Paris,” Ms. Heimann said.

The cathedral contains three rose windows whose stained-glass panes, shaped like flower petals, each tell a religious story, including scenes from the Old and New Testaments, stories from the lives of the Twelve Apostles, and the resurrection of Christ. Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Godong/UIG, via Getty Images The Gallery of the Kings at Notre-Dame.

“When you’re facing the cathedral, there is a big window devoted to the Virgin Mary, the rose window, and she is in the center of it, enthroned,” Ms. Heimann said.

The status of the three windows was unclear on Monday, but the prognosis seemed troubling. Benoist de Sinety, a bishop of the Archdiocese of Paris, said high heat had damaged the windows, melting the lead that held their panes in place.

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blaze threatening one of France's most revered attractions. Rescue workers rushed to evacuate artworks . It was not immediately known what caused the fire. "A bartender said the Notre Dame is on fire, so I left and saw this horrible picture," he said over The cathedral also houses the grand organ, one of the world's most famous musical instruments, as well as the Crown of Thorns, a relic of

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Relics of the patron saints of Paris

The spire of the cathedral, which collapsed on Monday, contained the relics of St. Denis and St. Genevieve, the patron saints of Paris. Laurent Ferri, a curator in the Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University, said an archbishop placed them there in 1935 to protect the building.

According to legend, St. Denis, a third-century Christian martyr, was decapitated and died later while carrying his own head. St. Genevieve is often credited with saving Paris by using the power of group prayer to divert Attila, king of the Huns, away from the city in 451. Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Philippe Lopez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Notre-Dame cathedral last year.

Gregory Bryda, an assistant professor of Western medieval art and architecture at Barnard, said the relics included bones, teeth or hair from both saints.

The Gallery of the Kings

The cathedral houses an important collection of statues, including the imposing stone figures of Old Testament kings that stand above the entrance. It is called the Gallery of the Kings.

The status of those statues was unclear on Monday night. But they have been through hard times before.

Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © AP Notre Dame at sunrise after a devastating fire the night before.

During the French Revolution, forces hostile to the monarchy mistook the statues for kings of France, not Ancient Judea. Driven by revolutionary zeal, they dragged the statues into Cathedral Square and beheaded them using a guillotine in 1793.

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Notre Dame de Paris held a priceless collection of art and relics including the Crown of Thorns. The relics were obtained from the Byzantine Empire in Last night firemen at the scene said all efforts were being directed at saving artwork in the cathedral and preventing the collapse of its northern tower.

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Twenty‐one of those heads, which were sculpted in the 13th century, were discovered in 1977 inside a wall in another neighborhood of Paris, according to a report at the time in The New York Times.

The cathedral itself

But a sacred space is more than the sum of its parts. Ms. Heimann said “the church itself is its own treasure because it is a place of so much history.”

Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Getty Fire engulfs historic Notre Dame cathedral.

The grounds were once the site of an Ancient Roman temple that became a church after the Roman Empire embraced Christianity. Construction on the cathedral began in 1163 and was completed in 1345.

“It is a place that single-handedly tells us the story of Paris and of France itself and its evolution,” Ms. Heimann said. “I don’t think there is any one thing inside of it that is more valuable than the thing as a whole. And I say that as an art historian that weeps for that lost art.”

Besides the paintings, architecture and statues, scholars also pointed to the cathedral’s musical instruments as an endangered artwork. That includes the church bells — the largest of which date to 1681 — which had been rung at important moments in French history, including the French Revolution and both world wars.

Notre-Dame: Revered Artwork and Relics Threatened by Blaze © Reuters Firefighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral.

Dr. Murray said one of the greatest treasures in the cathedral was a pipe organ known as the Great Organ.

“It was a magnificent instrument,” he said. “I doubt if it survived.”

It was unclear what happened to the bells or the organ on Monday. But Bishop de Sinety said the fire had badly damaged the organ too.

Aurelien Breeden, Alex Marshall, Elian Peltier and Marlise Simons contributed reporting.

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