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Notre Dame Blaze Now Fully Extinguished

Famous organ, Crown of Thorns were saved
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2019 4:36 AM CDT
Updated Apr 16, 2019 6:41 AM CDT
Police officers walk in front of Notre Dame cathedral Tuesday April 16, 2019 in Paris.   (AP Photo/Samuel Petrequin)
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(Newser) – Paris firefighters declared the fire at Notre Dame fully extinguished early Tuesday as France mourned the partial destruction of one of the country's most treasured landmarks. Authorities say the principal structure and the two bell towers have been saved, but the building is still unstable, the AP reports. The cathedral's roof and spire collapsed in the blaze. "The task is—now the risk of fire has been put aside—about the building, how the structure will resist," said Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez. President Emmanuel Macron visited the scene of what he called a "terrible tragedy" Monday night. "We'll rebuild this cathedral all together and it's undoubtedly part of the French destiny and the project we'll have for the coming years," he promised. In other developments:

  • Treasures saved. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says many of the cathedral's treasures, including the Crown of Thorns thought to have been worn by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion, were recovered intact. Historians haven't verified that the crown is authentic, though they have confirmed it is at least 1,600 years old, USA Today reports.

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