Lost and Saved Treasures – Newsbeast


The cathedral Our Lady of Paris, after the fire that began on Monday night, stands, but wounded.

In addition to the damage done to the skeleton of the building, waiting and completing internal control, the authorities already know some of the lost treasures, as well as the only works of art saved by the flames.

The 93-meter-long cathedral's arrow, added by the architect Ezén Viole-Le-Dick in 1859-60, collapsed on Monday, minutes before 21:00. At the top of the arrow, the bronze cock melted: in the interior, according to the Church, the relics of St. George and St. Dionysius were stored, as well as a section of the Acanthus Crown of Christ, which protected the Parisians.

Significant damage was suffered by the safe, a part of which collapsed, as fire brigade spokesman Gabriel Polis said. But the Minister of Culture, Frank Risterre, thinks the vault "will last."

The great ecclesiastical instrument of the fifteenth century, with its five rows of keys and 8,000 pipes, was saved, though it was covered with plaster, dust, and water. The small ecclesiastical organ, just under the arrow, suffered serious damage from the fire, according to one of the three organizers of the cathedral, Philip Lefevre, who has been working for 35 years in Notre Dame.

The two bell towers, which accommodate the four bells of the cathedral, were saved. A possible collapse would be an irreparable destruction to the building, with tens of tons of brussels rising – the largest of the bells weighing 13 tons.

There was also one of the most important remains of Christianity, the Acadian Christ's crown, 21 centimeters in diameter. Along with that, a piece of Timios Woods and a nail of the cross were saved from the flames.

All the works of art, the unique treasures of the cathedral, such as the visit, the baroque painting of Jean Zouvene (1716), were saved. The monumental Pieta of the sculptor Nikola Koutsou, behind the Holy Bench, with Virgin holding the body of Jesus after the Seed, was intact. The work was worked between 1712-1728, by order of Loudodikos ID, at the request of his father.

The sixteen statues of the apostles and the evangelists, which adorned the roof, had just been sent to Pégge to be preserved, and nothing had gone wrong. The statues were placed during the construction of the arrow by Violele-Dick.

The three rosettes, stained glass that were made in the 13th century, escaped despite initial rumors that they wanted to dissolve. The rosettes on the north and south sides, the two largest, have a diameter of 13 meters.


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