4 days before Notre-Dame Cathedral caught on fire, 16 statues were removed from the top


The head of a religious statue representing St. Thomas

The religious statue representing St. Paul perched atop Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral descends to earth for the first time in over a century as part of a restoration, in Paris Thursday, April 11, 2019. The 16 greenish-gray copper statues, which represent the twelve apostles and four evangelists, are lowered by a 100 meter (105 yard) crane onto a truck to be taken for restoration in southwestern France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The project to repair the building’s spire and work on the statues cost 6 million euro ($6.8 million)

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire on Monday.
Before that, it was undergoing renovations.
As a part of that, a number of statues were removed from the top of the cathedral on Thursday.
The statues were taken down to be cleaned.
It was part of a larger project to repair the spire, which has since caught on fire.
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On Thursday — just days before the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France became engulfed in a massive fire — a group of religious statues was taken down from the top of the building for the first time in over a century as a part of repairs to the building’s spire, the Associated Press reports.

Read more: 12 photos that show the glorious history of the 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral, which survived multiple wars and is now burning to the ground

The iconic church in Paris, France became engulfed in a massive fire on Monday. Although it remains unclear what caused the fire, firefighters said the blaze may be “potentially linked” to renovations to the building, per Huffington Post France.

Construction has been ongoing over the last few years.

On Thursday, a 100-meter-high (105-yard) crane was used to lower 16 copper statues representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists. The figures, each standing at just under 10-feet tall, were brought to the ground and then sent to southwestern France to be worked on as a part of the restoration.

The project to repair the building’s spire and work on the statues cost 6 million euro ($6.8 million) the Associated Press reported. On Monday, the iconic spire caught fire, causing the building’s frame to set ablaze.

Before the fire, the cathedral was in the midst of comprehensive renovations, …read more

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