The three stained-glass rose windows at Notre Dame Cathedral are among the landmark’s most famous elements. However, did they survive the blaze that ravaged the building?
There are some ominous signs that the rose windows were, minimally, damaged. According to The New York Times, Benoist de Sinety, a bishop of the Archdiocese of Paris, said “high heat had damaged the windows, melting the lead that held their panes in place.”
That account was the most specific revelation about the fate of the rose windows in the hours after the fire struck on April 15, 2019. Photos showed the outside of a rose window:
Firefighters (L) work to contain a fire near the north rose window at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019.
Here’s another view:
GettyFlames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.
Journalist Agnes Poirer wrote on Twitter, “Firemen say #NotreDame’s structure is now considered safe, the North tower has been saved. One fireman severely injured. Roof almost entirely destroyed. Upper rose windows melted. The fate of the lower big rose windows dating back to 1260 is yet unknown.” The BBC reported that it’s not clear whether the rose windows have survived; reports on Twitter that the rose windows had “exploded” were unclear.
A view of the middle-age stained glass rosace on the northern side of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on November 29, 2012.
Thankfully, some of the cathedral’s most sacred religious relics did survive the inferno, which authorities preliminarily believe may have accidentally ignited due to renovations. The Crown of Thorns, which is believed to contain fragments of the braided circle worn by Jesus Christ during the Crucifixion, was saved, according to the mayor of Paris.
However, the fate of other famous artifacts in Notre Dame is not yet clear.
Paris fire commander Jean-Claude Gallet explained to reporters. “We can consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.” The fire did not spread to the northern belfry, according to Gallet.
Here’s what you need to know about the rose windows (or rosace):
The Iconic Rose Windows Are Considered One of the ‘Greatest Masterpieces of Christianity’
GettyBelievers attend a mass during the presentation to believers of the crown of thorns, one of the instruments of Jesus’ Passion at Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on December 7, 2012 in Paris. The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral.
The three rose windows were built in the 13th century, BBC reports. CNN describes them as “immense round stained-glass windows over the cathedral’s three main portals.”
The cathedral’s website says that the three rose windows of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris “constitute one of the greatest masterpieces of Christianity.”
One of the most famous is the South Rose window.
“The South Rose or Rose du Midi was offered by King Saint Louis. The masters who designed it are Jean de Chelles and Pierre de Montreuil. The first architect of the Cathedral, Jean …read more