Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Powerful Photo Reveals Cross Standing Untouched Inside Devastated Notre Dame Cathedral

Powerful Photo Reveals Cross Standing Untouched Inside Devastated Notre Dame Cathedral

"Notre-Dame is one of the most lovely buildings in the world - a symbol of France and the French people, and cherished across the globe", Ms May said in a statement.

The Notre Dame housed artefacts believed to be the relics of the Passion, including the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the cross which he is said to have been nailed on, and one of the nails of the crucifixion. "Those bells will sound again". Among them are workers at the five construction companies who were involved in renovating the church spire and roof.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild the site, saying Monday France will launch an global fundraising campaign to assist with the effort.

The wooden latticework will be hard to replace given that there are no trees in the country large enough to replace the ancient beechwood beams consumed by the fire, Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of the French Heritage Foundation, told CNN. A minute later, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo posted a tweet saying "a awful fire is underway" with photographs taken outside the church: one of smoke billowing from near the spire and over the towers, and a second showing the fire department responders working at the scene. There is still concern that the heat, smoke and water could have lasting effects on the instrument.

According to Notre Dame's heritage director, only a single piece of interior architecture -- the high altar installed in 1989 -- was severely damaged by the falling spire.

The blaze on Monday gutted the great Paris landmark, destroying the roof, causing the steeple to collapse and leaving France reeling with shock.

Two French billionaires have pledged a combined $337 million to help rebuild the cathedral.

The cathedral is still being monitored closely by firefighters and experts to determine how much damage the structure suffered and what needs to be dismantled to avoid collapse.

The largest donation announced Tuesday was from LVMH Group, which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

Francois Henri Pinault, who heads the Kering luxury goods company, pledged 100 million euros through his Artemis holding.

On Thursday, the public got a first ground-level look at the statues, representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists, when a huge crane lowered them onto a truck.

Offers of assistance flowed in from around the world to help restore the 12th century tourist attraction to its former glory.

The Vatican's culture minister, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, described Notre Dame as a "living creature" that has been reborn before and will continue to be the "beating heart" of France.

During the cathedral's 850-year history, there have been numerous additions and restorations, with each era leaving a mark on the cathedral, but the architectural integrity of Notre-Dame has remained unchanged.

Germany and Poland were among countries offering assistance. "Notre Dame is part of the cultural heritage of mankind and a symbol for Europe", German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass wrote on Twitter.

The island is considered the heart of Paris, with all distances in France measured from the esplanade in front of Notre Dame.

According to an article in The Atlantic published on Tuesday, architectural historian Andrew Tallon created painstakingly detailed laser scans of the building in 2010 - scans that could be used to help rebuild the structure.

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