Marie Claire Malaysia is deeply saddened regarding the news of the most recent fires that have destroyed two-thirds of the roof of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris on Monday. Housing some of the world’s most impeccable and irreplaceable pieces of art, the fate of the priceless cultural treasures is still uncertain.
Not only is the exterior of this historic landmark been damaged, but it has also endangered the vast collection of Christian relics and artworks that are housed within the building; from scores of religious sculptures to ancient stained-glass rose windows, to the chandeliers and organs and church bells.
Thankfully, major art pieces and relics from Notre Dame’s treasury, such as the crown of thorns that was believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ during the crucifixion and the tunic of Saint Louis have been recovered with minimal to no damage and are safe in Paris City Hall, said France’s culture minister, Franck Riester.
However, other historically important relics do not share the same fate, Notre Dame cathedral’s main organs seemed to be quite affected, according to Mr Riester. The organs have stood the test of time and are historically important to the cathedral, with some pipes dating back over 800 years.
In a press conference held on Tuesday, government officials have stated that the structure of Notre Dame is still “sound” while large paintings inside the cathedral are believed to have sustained some smoke damage but are largely intact.
Artworks from the Notre Dame Cathedral will now be transported and moved to be restored in the Lourve, where there will be dehumidified and restored. Many have come to the support for the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral with pledges coming from French energy giant, Total offering to pledge €100m to help reconstruct the building, which followed by LVMH’s Bernard Arnault €200m pledge, amongst others.