The Crown of Thorns, the cathedral's most valuable relic, was saved by quick-thinking heroes. The relic, believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ at his crucifixion, was among the fragments salvaged from the fire, according to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
The Crown of Thorns is one of the most famous relics in all of Christianity. It is a heavy golden crown with spikes that wrap around Jesus' head. The spikes are thought to have come from the tree under which he was crucified. There is no evidence that Jesus wore such an ornament when he was on earth, but many Christians believe it represents his suffering and death.
The Crown of Thorns has been housed in its own chapel inside the cathedral since 1238. Archbishop Michel Lebrun said during a news conference on Thursday that firefighters discovered the chapel empty when they entered the building after the fire started. He confirmed that the Crown of Thorns was missing.
The chapel has thick walls for protection against any intruders, but it would have been unlikely to survive a fire itself. Firefighters say they found traces of smoke in other parts of the cathedral indicating that the chapel might not be the only part that burned.
However, firefighters were able to save several other important objects including two large statues used for identifying the body of Jesus after his death.
French King Louis IX received the relic of the Crown of Thorns from Emperor Baldwin II. It was kept in Notre-Dame de Paris until April 15, 2019, when it was salvaged from the cathedral's fire.
The relics are held at the Cathedral of Saint Denis in Paris. They are under guard by French police.
Jesus' actual crown of thorns is preserved in a monastery in Jerusalem. But historians believe he would have worn a replica to symbolize his role as king of Israel. There are reports that a copy was found in France in 1607, but these reports are not verified.
No, the crown of thorns that was found in France is a copy of Jesus' own crown of thornes. It was made out of real thorns and placed on Jesus' head during his trial before he was crucified. The original crown of thorns was destroyed when it was used during Jesus' crucifixion.
Also, Jesus did not wear plastic hair. His actual hair was cut off during the trial and given to a monk named Paul. According to history, Jesus' hair was dark brown or black. It was said to be like silk threads.
On Monday, priest Jean-Marc Fournier is credited with rushing into a blazing Notre Dame Cathedral to preserve its most precious relic: the crown of thorns that Jesus is said to have worn. As flames began to engulf the cathedral, Fournier went inside and pulled the object off his head.
The crown had been stored in a glass case behind the altar. As it turned out, it wasn't needed after all: The fire was quickly controlled and there were no other casualties. Still, it's hard not to wonder what might have happened if Fournier hadn't gone in when he did. Would the burning building have collapsed on its own occupants? Or would the heat from the fire have caused the nails to pop out of the wood, leaving only some kind of hollow shell?
Either way, it's clear that God used an ordinary man to protect this sacred object that stands for so much evil.
The crown of thorns has many stories attached to it. Some say it was used by Christ at his trial before Pilate; others claim it was used instead. But what's certain is that it ended up in France, where it was kept as a holy object by various churches before it was returned to Notre Dame in 1532.
The massive fire has been quenched. Surprisingly, some of the structure's interior survived the fire, including one of the most valuable relics—the Crown of Thorns, which is said to have been put on Jesus' head during the Crucifixion—and a cross at the altar. The rest of the church was completely destroyed.
The destruction of the Crown of Thorns and the other burned items inside the church should come as no surprise because this was never meant to be a permanent building. It was only constructed around AD 330 so that Easter could be celebrated with more precision than the date calculated from the moon. As for its replacement material, it is believed that wood, straw and cotton were used by the Romans to build their churches because they were cheap alternatives to stone.
The fact that this church was only built up until AD 330 shows that Christianity wasn't very popular in Roman-occupied Britain. There are reports of other buildings being used instead, such as private houses, but there are no records describing what happened after these temporary structures were used for worship.
It is known that another church was later rebuilt on the same site because parts of it still exist today under the main road near the town of Canterbury in Kent. This old church was constructed out of limestone and was dedicated to St Martin's Day, November 11th. The new Crown of Thorns church was then built over the old one.
"Today, the gargoyles of Notre Dame grieve," one Twitter user said. The fire at the well-known monument has been extinguished. The magnificent bell towers as well as religious artifacts such as the Crown of Thorns were spared. However, many other parts of the building were not so lucky and they will need to be restored.
The gargoyles on Notre Dame are made of stone and they look like people standing guard over the cathedral. They were originally part of another structure called the Château de Chaumont which was given to the French king as a gift. The castle was demolished after being used for several years by Edward III as a hunting lodge. He renamed it after himself and it is now known as the Château de Windsor.
About 20 gargoyles survived the fire. They will be moved away from the site while the damage is assessed. If it is found that they can be repaired, then they will be put back where they stood before. Otherwise, they will be rebuilt using modern techniques.
Notre Dame is a major landmark in Paris and it takes its name from the French word "notre dame" which means our lady. The cathedral opened its doors to the public in 1163 and it has been serving as a place of worship for Catholics around the world ever since.
The Holy Crown of Thorns, a wreath of thorns believed to have been put on Jesus Christ's head at his crucifixion, and the tunic of St. Louis, believed to have belonged to Louis IX, King of France from 1226 to 1270, are among the most prized objects rescued.
Firefighters were still working to contain the blaze late on Monday night. The fire had burned for more than six hours after it broke out around 7:20 p.m. Paris time (9:20 p.m. Eastern). It had destroyed much of the building by the time firefighters made their way through the rubble early on Tuesday.
Notre-Dame is one of the most famous churches in the world. The fire caused damage to parts of the church, but it was not known how much.
What do you get when you mix gold, diamonds, and ancient religious artifacts? You get the Gold Medal of the City of Paris, which was awarded to save what could be saved of the cathedral's structure following the fire. The ceremony took place on April 22nd at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
The fire started when workers using blow torches to repair stone sculptures inside the cathedral accidentally set some cloth on the floor alight. The flames quickly spread to the roofing material and grew rapidly because of its proximity to gasoline-based products used during the restoration work.