April 17, 2019
The devastating fire was not able to take everything.
Some of Notre Dame’s treasures were saved, others are now forever gone.
Notre Dame was just 30 minutes from completely collapsing before heroic firefighters managed to stop the inferno on Monday night – it has been revealed.
Laurent Nuñez, the French junior interior minister, said a group of around 20 firefighters managed to stop the blaze from spreading to the church’s belfries – which saved 13-tonne bells from tearing apart the remaining structure.
Experts warned officials during Monday night’s disaster that if the wooden belfries fell victim to the blaze, the weight of the bells falling would almost certainly have destroyed the towers below.
On Tuesday, the government revealed which treasures survived the fire – with the great organ and several priceless paintings rumoured to have been destroyed.
Franck Riester, France’s culture minister, said on Tuesday that the cathedral’s main organ ‘seems to be quite affected’ by the blaze while the fate of several other artefacts remains unknown.
Firefighters reported that some of the large paintings inside the cathedral were too heavy to take down from the walls and save.
Mr Riester said the paintings were mostly undamaged but many may have suffered some effects from the smoke.
‘The large paintings, at first glance, have not been affected by the fire. But, often in these situations, there is water damage,’ Mr. Riester added.
Today haunting new photos of Notre Dame’s interior showed debris strewn across the floor – as experts warned the damage could take decades to repair – while detectives probe the renovation work which may have led to the blaze.
The pictures revealed that a statue of Jesus descending from the cross, positioned on the altar, was preserved among the smouldering rubble after the roof was destroyed by Monday night’s fire.
The three ‘irreplaceable’ Rose Windows, which date to the 13th century and were last night feared to have melted or exploded, were also intact.
As the fire raged, brave rescue teams raced to recover what treasures they could from the Gothic masterpiece, which housed priceless artefacts and relics of huge religious and international significance.
Among them was the reputed Crown of Thorns, supposedly worn by Jesus during his crucifixion, which was carried to safety by a human chain of emergency service workers.
Today the Archbishop of Paris told BFM-TV that the three beautiful rose windows on the north, west and south sides of the church had all survived intact.
Fears had grown for the ‘really irreplaceable’ stained-glass windows, dating back to the 13th century, amid the heat of the fire last night.
The status of other relics, including a purported piece of the Cross on which Jesus was crucified, remained unclear today.
Notre Dame is gravely damaged. Yet its most spectacular features – the 850-year-old twin towers – are still there. For centuries, these were the highest structures in Paris until the Eiffel Tower came along. To this day, they are instantly recognisable the world over. And last night, though looking very sorry for themselves, they were in one piece as I stood beneath them alongside a posse of fire crews and prime ministerial aides.
Within hours, speculation was rife as to the cause of the fire. For now, it seems that it was what one official called a ‘stray flame’ – linked to a £5 million restoration project – which sparked the inferno.
Experts have warned for years that the cathedral has been in a poor condition, with the French state reluctant to fund renovation work in recent decades.
Experts said that the building needed a £129.5million (€150million) restoration, but the state had only offered €40million.
The French government preferred to waste the money of the French people on blacks and browns.
Now there’s no amount of money that could possibly bring back what we lost.
Notre Dame cathedral cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the devastating fire ripped through its historic structure because France no longer has trees big enough, experts have warned.
Speaking today, Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine said the cathedral’s roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because ‘we don’t, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 12th and 13th century’.
He told France Info radio that the wooden roof that went up in flames was built with beams more than 850 years ago from primal forests.
The height of trees is determined by a number of factors, such as competition from its neighbours, environmental conditions, the availability of the right nutrients and also the genetics of the tree.
Certain individual trees within a species are likely to have genetics that allow them the grow taller than others.
If you remove the largest trees with these genetic predispositions, then only the smaller trees are left to pollinate.
Another important issue is the large scale deforestation that took place during this time period.
Many trees in the medieval forests of France during the period had been growing since the 7th and 8th centuries – meaning some of the timber in the destroyed frame and roof were as much as 1,300 years old.
Such vast amounts of timber were needed in the construction of churches, castles and ships during this period that much of France’s ancient woodland was cleared.
This deforestation made the reconstruction of such a unique structure centuries later using similar materials even less likely.
The entire frame of the 850-year-old building in the centre of Paris is made from timber from an estimated 1,300 trees used for the construction of its beams.
The main spire – which was around 750 tonnes of ancient oak lined with lead – collapsed in flames and crashed through the wooden roof.
The nature of the cathedral’s timber-framed skeleton means that it will be nearly impossible to rebuilt it in exactly the same way as before.
Each beam is made from an individual tree giving the lattice of woodwork that makes up the ceiling its nickname ‘the Forest’.
The trees that made up the roof’s wooden structure were cut down in around 1160, and some sources estimate that the beams accounted for 13,000 trees.
It’s not coming back.
Nothing they’ve taken from us is ever coming back. They’re even destroying our memories and rewriting our history.
The only thing that remains is our blood, and that is also under constant attack now.
How further along this browning path until there’s nothing left from us? We have to keep fighting, and fight harder.
The West is turning into a memory right before our eyes.
A tourist who took a picture of a man with a little girl in front of Notre Dame cathedral just before it caught fire has launched a bid on social media to track him down.
Brooke Windsor photographed the unknown man swinging the child with the famous medieval landmark in the background.
The image shows the man playing with the girl in front of the two towers of the cathedral around an hour before it went up in flames.
Windsor, who was visiting Paris from her native Michigan, posted the picture on Twitter on Monday night shortly after the fire destroyed the historic building.
She now wants to track down the mystery man to share the playful image taken during the final moments of the cathedral’s doomed spire.
That’s among the last photographs of the great Notre Dame.
No restoration could surpass the greatness of the original, and knowing our governments, they wont even try — unless we remove Jews from the equation.
Never forget what we’ve lost.