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Notre-Dame de Paris: the rooster will be reinstalled at the top of the cathedral

2023-12-16T09:41:05.351Z

Highlights: Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral's rooster will be reinstalled at the top of the cathedral. The rooster contains the relics - a piece of Christ's crown of thorns, in particular - saved from the fire that ravaged the building on 15 A.D. A new rooster has been built and will be blessed on the ground by the Archbishop of Paris, Monsignor Laurent Ulrich. Another sealed tube will be placed in the rooster, featuring the names of all the people who took part in the reconstruction, nearly 2,000 people.


The rooster contains the relics - a piece of Christ's crown of thorns, in particular - saved from the fire that ravaged the building on 15 A.D.


An emblematic element of Notre-Dame, its rooster is set to return to its rightful place in the Paris sky on Saturday afternoon, marking a new major milestone less than a year before the cathedral's planned reopening.

The previous rooster having been too damaged during the fire that ravaged the monument in 2019, a new one, designed by the chief architect of historic monuments Philippe Villeneuve, was built and will be blessed on the ground by the Archbishop of Paris, Monsignor Laurent Ulrich, before being craned to the top of the spire, 96 meters above the ground.

It will contain relics saved from the fire, precious to Catholics. In this case, it is a fragment of Christ's crown of thorns, the bones of Saint-Dionysius, the first bishop of Paris in the third century, and the bones of Sainte-Geneviève, the patron saint of the city of Paris who died around the year 500. Another sealed tube will be placed in the rooster, featuring the names of all the people who took part in the reconstruction, nearly 2,000.

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On December 8, President Emmanuel Macron visited the construction site, one year to the day before the planned reopening of the cathedral, to which he intends to invite Pope Francis. In it, he announced that the former rooster would take its place in "a museum of the work of Notre-Dame de Paris", which is to be built "in the premises of the Hôtel-Dieu", nearby on the Île de la Cité.

On April 15, 2019, a spectacular fire ravaged the cathedral whose spire, designed by the <>th-century architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, collapsed, sparking worldwide emotion.

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The new spire, still corseted with a forest of scaffolding, has reappeared in the sky of Paris, surmounted since December 6 by its cross.

A few days earlier, the head of reconstruction, Philippe Jost, who succeeded General Jean-Louis Georgelin after his sudden death this summer, had indicated that once the spire had reached its 96 meters, the stage would come of "the lead cover" so that "the scaffolding, which hides a large part of the spire, can come down".

Source: leparis

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