Fears for Notre Dame's treasures after fire at Paris cathedral

Mail Online | 4/16/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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The fate of many of the Notre Dame's treasures is still unknown after the huge fire which ripped through the 850-year-old cathedral on Monday.

Experts are today entering the wreckage of the Paris landmark to find which of the precious artworks and religious relics have been saved.

Mayor - Paris - Items - Crown - Thorns

The mayor of Paris said that one of the most irreplaceable items - the crown of thorns reputed to have been worn by Jesus at his crucifixion - was safe last night.

But there are fears for the church's 13th-century stained glass windows and its magnificent organ, while the wooden roof and ornate spire have gone.

Cathedral - Objects - Relic - Crown - Thorns

One of the cathedral's most precious objects, a relic purported to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ on the cross, was whisked away to a secure facility.

Reports in France stated that the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade had gone inside with the firefighters to save the crown.

Experts - Item - 'very - Place

Experts said the irreplaceable item had been kept in a 'very safe place'.

A 13th-century linen tunic which is thought to have belonged to King Louis IX - canonised as St Louis - was also made safe, the mayor of Paris said.

Reign - Louis - Part - Crusades - Principles

In his 44-year reign Louis took part in the Crusades and established early principles of justice such as the presumption of innocence.

He was proclaimed a saint in 1297 - the only French monarch to receive the honour - and was responsible for acquiring the Crown of Thorns.

Renovation - Place - Fire

Renovation was already taking place at the cathedral - which may have been linked to the fire.

As part of that work, 16 copper statues were airlifted from near the now-destroyed spire just days before the blaze.

Descent - Cross

Apparently safe: Descent from the Cross

This 1723 statue by Nicolas Coustou sits on the cathedral's high altar. It...
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