Solidarity for Notre Dame de Paris
- Notre Dame shall be rebuilt within next 5 yrs according to President Macron, while experts say that it will probably take much more time.
- Many important treasures could be rescued, such as the rose window, the pipe organ (with 8000 pipes), the crown of thornes, the rooster. But the scope of damage still need to be assessed.
- Germany will send cathedral construction, restore experts and other experts to Paris
- The German central cathedral construction society Cologne is calling for donations – Zentral-Dombau-Verein Köln ruft zu Spenden für Notre-Dame auf
- The society has introduced a donation account, please see bank details below – Verein stellte Spendenkonto vor (17.04.2019), s.u.
- Till today, donations in the amount of €750 mio are already confirmed -Bisher 750 Millionen Euro Spendenzusagen für Notre-Dame
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The Bavarian City of Regensburg also introduced a donation account:
„Welterbe Die Förderer“ at the Sparda-Bank Ostbayern (IBAN DE57 7509 0500 0000 4444 22) , Verwendungszweck: „Spendenaktion Notre-Dame“.
In fact, there are many other German and international organisations that collect donations for the reconstruction and repair of the World Heritage, Notre Dame de Paris.
PLEASE, OPEN YOUR HEART AND OPEN YOUR WALLET!
SAVED ARTS – THANK YOU TO ALL FIRE FIGHTERS!
Gold, silver and gem-inlaid chalices, candelabras and many other artefacts survived the blaze and a significant proportion of the cathedral’s masterpieces and sacred relics were saved, authorities have confirmed, although not all.
The Holy Crown of Thorns
One of Notre Dame’s most treasured relics, the crown purports to be a band of rushes from the original crown of thorns placed on Jesus’s head during his crucifixion. Originally from Jerusalem, in 1238 it was given to King Louis IX, who built the Sainte-Chappelle in Paris especially to house it. It was later transferred to Notre Dame.
Individual thorns have been distributed as relics around the world: the Notre Dame relic is the original circlet of rushes, encased in rock crystal. On Monday night the mayor of Paris confirmed it had been saved.
The Great Organ
Notre Dame’s principal organist, Vincent Dubois, has said Notre Dame’s 8,000-pipe grand organ was not burned in the fire, although its condition – and whether it can still be played – is not yet clear. Originally built in 1403, the organ has been updated and renovated in the centuries since, most recently in 2013, but some of the current organ’s pipes date back to the medieval era.
Bertrand de Feydeau, a senior French heritage preservation official, said: “The organ is a very fragile instrument, especially its pipes. It has not burnt, but no one can tell whether it has been damaged by water. Nobody knows if it is a functioning state or will need to be restored.”
The tunic of Saint Louis
The tunic of Saint Louis is a 13th-century linen garment said to have belonged to King Louis, the only French king to become a saint. Crowned in 1226, Louis participated in the Seventh Crusade and died during the Eighth Crusade in 1270. He was canonised in 1297. The Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, said the tunic was saved from the fire.
True Cross and Holy Nails
Along with the Crown of Thorns, Notre Dame housed a purported fragment of the True Cross, upon which Jesus is said to have been crucified, and an original nail that was used. These too were saved from the flames, French media reported.
The Rose windows
All three of Notre Dame’s immense stained glass windows appear to have survived, although experts have yet to inspect them and they may have sustained hidden damage.Advertisement
Descent from the cross
One of the cathedral’s centrepieces, the sculpture by Nicolas Coustou lies on Notre Dame’s high altar. Initial photos suggest that the sculpture was mostly unharmed.
A large number of artworks and sculptures were taken from the cathedral and carried across the River Seine to Paris town hall, Riester said. It is not yet clear which of the following major works are among them:
Madonna and Child
This statue, known as Notre Dame de Paris, with which the cathedral shares its name, depicts the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Created in the 14th century, it was moved to Notre Dame in 1818.
Statue of Saint Denis
Another 18-century sculpture by Nicolas Coustou. Saint Denis is the patron saint of Paris, and a depiction of him preaching stood in the cathedral.
Painting of St Thomas Aquinas
Made in the 17th century and given to the cathedral in 1974, this painting depicts the saint and people drinking from a fountain of wisdom.
Damaged or destroyed
“We have avoided a complete disaster. But some five to 10 percent of the artwork has probably been destroyed, we have to face up to that,” said Maxime Cumunel, secretary general of France’s Observatory for Religious Heritage in todays news.
Four of the largest-scale 17th and 18th century paintings depicting scenes from the lives of the apostles had been damaged, at least in part, he said.