Notre Dame Cathedral: After the flames

Posted by Imogen on 16 April 2019

The aftermath of the fire that broke out in Paris’s historic cathedral, Notre Dame, on Monday has left the iconic structure in ruins. The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof collapsed from the damage, however the main structure and two bell towers have been saved from the flames, as well as artifacts from inside the building, including the Crown of Thorns.

Restorations are currently taking place to repair the cathedral’s spire.

Below is a video of the spire collapsing:

 

Here is the first inside look of the cathedral after the fire:

Last week, the building’s religious statues were taken down to be cleaned. This is the first time in over a century that these have been removed.

On Monday, Parisians united across the city to express their sadness, singing hymns as a tribute to the famous historical structure.

 

A break-down of how the fire spread through the cathedral can be seen below

French president Emmanuel Macron says that the Notre Dame will be rebuilt and a national campaign to raise funds for the reconstruction will go live on Tuesday, 16 April.

 

After more than nine hours of firefighting, the flames were fully extinguished.

Interesting facts about the Notre Dame Cathedral:

It took 182 years to build.

Its construction took place between the 12th and 14th centuries.

The cathedral had one of the oldest surviving wood-timber frames in Paris, called ‘The Forest’. A total of 52 acres of trees were cut down in the 12th century as each beam was made from an individual tree. This structure unfortunately was destroyed by the flames.

Each tower reaches 223 feet (68 m).

The three great rose windows were all made with 13th-century glass.

Approximately 13-million people visit Notre Dame each year.

The largest bell in the cathedral, the Emmanuel bell, weighs 13 tonnes.

 

Image source: Twitter @ArchDaily

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