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What's inside Notre Dame cathedral that could be lost in the fire

The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is home to numerous artifacts, works of art and religious relics that each tell a story. As a devastating fire tore through the cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire, many feared those items will be lost.

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 3:22 PM

(CNN) - The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is home to numerous artifacts, works of art and religious relics that each tell a story. As a devastating fire tore through the cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire, many feared those items will be lost.

Here's an overview of some of the Gothic cathedral's most noteworthy features.

• The Rose Windows are a trio of immense round windows over the cathedral's three main portals.

• The Great Organ has been replaced and updated several times throughout history. The position of titular organist, or head organist, carries great prestige in France and around the world.

• The cathedral's main bell, Emanuelle, has marked significant moments in French history, such as the end of World War II, as well as holidays and special occasions.

• The cathedral's treasury contains several artifacts sacred in Christianity, including what is believed to be the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails.

• On the cathedral's exterior, a menagerie of menacing gargoyles and chimères stand guard.

• The twin bell towers, first constructed in the 13th century, were the tallest structures in Paris until the completion of the Eiffel Tower in the late 19th century.

• Numerous sculptures, statues and paintings inside the cathedral depict Biblical scenes and saints.

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