Fire at Notre Dame cathedral

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 master organ is used for public services

The master organ is used for public services

• 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 Crown of Thorns is a relic of the passion of Christ.

The Crown of Thorns is a relic of the passion of Christ.

• 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.
A nail from the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified is housed inside Notre Dame cathedral.

A nail from the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified is housed inside Notre Dame cathedral.

• On the cathedral’s exterior, a menagerie of menacing gargoyles and chimères stand guard.
A distressed gargoyle adorns the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral.

A distressed gargoyle adorns the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral.

• 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.
The twin bell towers of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The twin bell towers of Notre Dame Cathedral.

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