First Responders Formed Human Chain To Save 'Crown Of Thorns'
Notre Dame cathedral fire April 15, 2019; Paris, France; A fire erupted on the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral this evening. Mandatory Credit: Alexis Lopez/Zeppelin/SIPA vis USA TODAY NETWORK /Sipa USA .
It has been revealed that first responders formed a human chain to protect some of the world's most priceless relics being stored at the Notre Dame cathedral.
The iconic building, located in Paris, went up in flames overnight.
Video footage shows the roof and spire collapsing but the structure of the cathedral has miraculously been preserved.
Notre Dame houses many priceless relics, including a likeness of the 'crown of thorns' worn on the head of Jesus in the lead up to and at the time of his crucifixion.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted "Thank you to the @PompiersParis policemen and the municipal agents who have made this evening a tremendous human chain to save the works of #NotreDame. The Crown of thorns, the tunic of Saint Louis and several other major works are now in a safe place".
Merci aux @PompiersParis, aux policiers et aux agents municipaux qui ont réalisé ce soir une formidable chaîne humaine pour sauver les œuvres de #NotreDame. La couronne d'épines, la tunique de Saint Louis et plusieurs autres œuvres majeures sont à présent en lieu sûr. pic.twitter.com/cbrGWCbL2N— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019
Those relics will be transported to a new location for safe keeping.
According to Philippe Villeneuve, Chief Architect of historical monuments "the treasure is saved. Tomorrow we will do an inventory of the works (paintings) of the chapels around the nave, which may have been damaged by smoke and water. »#NotreDame #Paris— Notre-Dame Cathedral (@CathedraleNotre) April 15, 2019
Earlier Mayor Hidalgo tweeted "I do not have a strong word to express the pain that I feel in the face of #NotreDame flames raved. Tonight, all Parisians and Frenchmen mourno this emblem of our common history. From our motto, we will draw the strength to rise".
Je n'ai pas de mot assez fort pour exprimer la douleur que je ressens face à #NotreDame ravagée par les flammes. Ce soir, tous les Parisiens et Français pleurent cet emblème de notre Histoire commune. De notre devise, nous tirerons la force de nous relever. Fluctuat nec mergitur. pic.twitter.com/0kRRvAqNIT— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019
On the future of the Notre Dame cathedral, President Emmanuel Macron earlier said they they would fundraise to rebuild. A French billionaire has reportedly pledged 100M euros toward the rebuild.
By Michelle Price