What treasures have survived the Notre Dame fire?

· April 16, 2019  
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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.

The altar:

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.

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.

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Author: Nate Madden

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