The inspected fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris devastated large parts of the 850-year-old church on Monday evening. Here’s what we know so far.
The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is home to scores of priceless artifacts, artwork and relics collected over the centuries.
The Crown of Thorns, believed to be a relic of the passion of Christ, and the Tunic of Saint Louis were among the venerated artifacts saved, according to Hidalgo.
After being rescued from the flames, some of the artifacts have been taken to the Louvre museum for safekeeping.
An investigation into the fire was opened on Monday night by Paris prosecutors.
Prosecutor Rémy Heitz said it on Tuesday that the fire was “likely accidental” and that “nothing shows that it’s an intentional act.”
While the main structure has been saved, firefighters were unable to save the central spire, which had been added during a restoration project in the 19th century.
The majority of the 13th-century oak roof, called “the forest” because it required a forest of trees to build it, was also largely destroyed.
The wooden latticework will be difficult to replace given that there are no trees in the country large enough to replace the ancient beechwood beams consumed by the fire, Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of the French Heritage Foundation,