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

00:35  16 april  2019
00:35  16 april  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

Tourists stunned as Notre-Dame cathedral statues fly above Paris

Tourists stunned as Notre-Dame cathedral statues fly above Paris Sixteen copper statues briefly took to the skies over Paris after they were removed from the Notre-Dame cathedral to undergo restoration work. Built between the years 1163 and 1345, Notre-Dame is one of the most popular tourist sites in Paris, drawing around 13 million people every year. Its spire, like the rest of the gothic edifice, is undergoing an 11-million-euro ($12.4-million) overhaul financed by the French state to repair damage inflicted by time, pollution and the weather. "Extraordinary," said Sofiane, an onlooker from London, as the statues flew through piercing blue skies suspended from a giant 100-metre (300-foot) crane.

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.

Firefighters tonight warned they might not be able to save Notre - Dame as a devastating fire continued to engulf one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world. Flames ripped through the upper part of the iconic cathedral and caused the spire to collapse as Parisians and tourists watched

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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:

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.

An iconic spire and precious stained glass: All that could be lost in the Notre Dame blaze

An iconic spire and precious stained glass: All that could be lost in the Notre Dame blaze Notre Dame, both as an icon and as an actual, physical building, is irreplaceable, with a history as grand as the spire that collapsed in the blaze. Construction of Notre Dame, which was built on the ruins of earlier churches, began in 1163, when Pope Alexander III laid the foundation stone. It wasn’t completed until 1345. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post Since that time, it has seen the coronations of Henry VI of England in 1431 and of Napoleon in 1804.

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.

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

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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.

The Latest: American tourists shocked at Notre Dame fire

The Latest: American tourists shocked at Notre Dame fire The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):10;05 p.m.A group of Americans from Maine had just finished visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and were in a nearby park when they heard it was on fire.Freeport resident Lucy Soule, 22, said it was "weird" having been in the church right before this happened. "Now you can smell it burning."Soule and her father, Win Soule, 58, and Libby Heselton, 53, are on a weeklong trip to Paris where they planned to "see all the sights" and had just finished their visit to Notre Dame. They had been in the cathedral at 5:30 p.m., about an hour before the fire. Win told The Associated Press "Now I feel sorry for the people tomorrow.

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

‘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

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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.

This is what makes the Notre Dame cathedral so iconic

This is what makes the Notre Dame cathedral so iconic Notre Dame cathedral, a treasure of French Gothic architecture, is one of the most famous symbols of Paris, attracting 12 million visitors and pilgrims yearly. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); On Monday, a fire broke out at the cathedral, toppling its spire. Here are some of the reasons why the medieval cathedral is so iconic: -- The cathedral is more than 850 years old. It celebrated that milestone in 2013, according to its website.

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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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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