The tragedy of Monday’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has sparked sorrow and prayer around the world.
It has also led to a great deal of worry about the status of priceless artworks and relics housed in the world-famous church, as well as the status of the remaining parts of the building.
In addition to the structure’s stone walls and twin bell towers, we know that a few other key things survived the fire.
The Crown of Thorns:
The French Cathedral was home to one of the most treasured relics in the Christian world: The Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus Christ during his passion and crucifixion. Parisian first responders reportedly formed a human chain to bring it out of the conflagration.
The Tunic of St. Louis:
The cathedral was also home to a tunic worn by St. Louis IX, the French king who was canonized in 1297. A tweet from Paris’ mayor confirmed that the garment was saved from the flame.
Merci aux @PompiersParis, aux policiers et aux agents municipaux qui ont réalisé ce soir une formidable chaîne humaine pour sauver les œuvres de #NotreDame. La couronne d'épines, la tunique de Saint Louis et plusieurs autres œuvres majeures sont à présent en lieu sûr. pic.twitter.com/cbrGWCbL2N
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019
Powerful photos captured after the blaze was extinguished show the sanctuary’s main altar and cross still intact.
The Rose windows:
Reports indicate that the cathedral’s famous trio of stained glass Rose windows also survived the fire.
— Tim Lammers (@TimLammersFox61) April 16, 2019
The great organ:
Parisian officials have also said that the church’s intricate 18th-century, 8,000-pipe organ also made it.
We still don’t know what started the fire, but Parisian officials are treating it as an accident.
Other crucifixion relics:
Reports also indicate that a nail from the crucifixion from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and a small piece of Jesus’ cross were spared.
Blaze Media will continue to update this post as more information comes out.