All Notre-Dame paintings to be removed as officials head inside
The remaining paintings inside the Notre - Dame cathedral in Paris are to be removed on Friday and stored , with fire service officials now satisfied the damaged structure is safe enough to go inside .
Firemen and engineering experts have been working on the fragile landmark since a devastating blaze on Monday night , erecting scaffolding and other wooden supports to stop any of the stonework collapsing.
“ The paintings inside the cathedral have been saved from the flames and can now be taken down and transported to safe areas, ” France ’ s Culture Minister Franck Riester told reporters at the scene on Friday.
“All of the paintings will be removed today , ” Riester added , saying that he was feeling “ very positive ” given how most of the priceless artworks , many of them dating from the 18th century , had been saved .
Four works are in an area that is still considered risky , however.
The artworks are expected to be transported to the Louvre museum , where experts are set to repair relatively minor damage caused by smoke or water before storing them until they can be returned.
Thanks to a human chain created by firefighters and church officials on Monday night , the vast majority of the most sacred artifacts and valuable items inside the cathedral were saved .
Even a copper statue of a rooster containing relics that sat atop the now - destroyed Notre - Dame spire was also found among the ashes , dented but intact .
President Emmanuel Macron welcomed a delegation of officials from the UN ’ s cultural agency UNESCO on Friday to discuss offers of aid from other countries to help restore the beloved emblem of France.
He was accompanied by army general Jean - Louis Georgelin who has been named by Macron to oversee the process .