STORY: Sixteen copper statues of saints which surround the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris were treated to a giddy bungee jump on Thursday (April 11), as a 120-metre crane removed them from the roof for restoration work. The 3-metre-high statues weighing approximately 150 kilograms, feature apostles and evangelists and have crowned the 12th century cathedral since the 96-metre spire was erected in the middle of the 19th century. It too will now be restored. The statues will be sent to southwest France for restoration, and will be exhibited in the cathedral this autumn before they are re-installed on the roof. Notre Dame, situated on the Ile de la Cite in the centre of Paris, is one of the city's most famous symbols and claims to welcome 12 million worshippers and visitors a year.
ノートルダム大聖堂修復工事基金設立 The bells, the bells: Notre-Dame's crumbling gargoyles need help
Date:AUGUST 29, 2017, AUGUST 28, 2017 The Archbishop of Paris is on a 100 million euro ($120 million) fundraising drive to save the crumbling gargoyles and gothic arches of the storied Notre-Dame cathedral. Every year 12-14 million people visit the 12th century Parisian landmark on an island in the Seine river. Building began around 850 years ago, but pollution and the passing of time have chipped off large chunks of stone. Notre-Dame's communications chief Andre Finot said the workers during the 18th century restoration spearheaded by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc could have been tricked into purchasing bad-quality stone, evident in inconsistencies between one from the other. Church officials, who have created what they are calling a "stone cemetery" from fallen masonry, say the cathedral remains safe to visit. Entry to the cathedral is free and the French state, which owns the building, devotes 2 million euros a year to repairs. But that is not enough to embark on major restoration works, the last of which were carried out during the 1800s, officials at the cathedral and charity said. Notre-Dame has long drawn tourists from around the world. It is most famous in popular culture as the locale for 19th century author Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", and films of the same name including the 1939 classic with Charles Laughton and the 1996 Disney musical animation. The latter in particular raised the cathedral's profile for modern-day tourists from China to the United States. "It's the movie for me, I just think of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and the book as well. After reading that book I actually really wanted to come see it," said U.S tourist Claire Huber as she visited the cathedral. Church authorities hope the cathedral's worldwide fame will attract donors, particularly from the United States. (Caption:2162EV-FRANCE-NOTREDAME_)
パリ同時多発テロ追悼でノートルダム大聖堂ライトアップFRANCE-SHOOTING/MEMORIAL SERVICE Official memorial service held at Notre Dame for victims of the Paris attacks
Hundreds of people attended a memorial service at Notre Dame cathedral Sunday (November 15), to honour the victims of Friday's attacks in Paris. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was among those in attendance at the mass, which was held by Paris Diocese Andre Vingt-Trois. "How young people, formed in our schools and our inner cities, they can know such distress that the fantasy of the caliphate and his moral and social violence can represent a mobilising ideal. We know that the obvious answer that we often give, the difficulties of social integration, isn't enough to explain subscribing to jihadism," Vingt-Trois said during his sermon. He said that the attacks, in which at least 132 people were killed, were senseless. "This distress is even deeper that it can't have a rational explanation, that justifies the blind execution of dozens of strangers. If hate and death have a logic, it is not a rational one," he said. Shortly after the attacks on Friday, French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency, ordering police and troops into the streets, and set three days of official mourning as a stunned nation sought to comprehend the simultaneous assault on restaurants, a concert hall and the national soccer stadium. (Caption:FRANCE-SHOOTING/MEMORIAL SERVICE Official memorial service held at Notre Dame for victims of the Paris attacks)
パリ新聞社で銃乱射事件後 ノートルダム大聖堂前で追悼 FRANCE-SHOOTING/SILENCE-NOTRE DAME Notre Dame bells toll to remember Paris shooting victims
The bells of Notre Dame heralded a minute's silence across France on Thursday (January 8) in memory of the victims of the shooting at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In driving rain, Parisians and tourists gathered in front of the cathedral to listen to the bells peal for several minutes before respecting the silence, as across the country schools, civil servants and public transport systems stood still. Camille Leclercq felt as a journalism student that it was particularly important to come and defend the freedom of the press, describing the atmosphere as "cold". "Everyone came together and the whole of Paris really did stop, did pause, I think. But here it was very touching. Personally, I cried because I am very touched by what's going on because I think it's just not OK," she said. French President Francois Hollande himself marked a minute of silence at Paris police headquarters, in front of the cathedral. (Caption:FRANCE-SHOOTING/SILENCE-NOTRE DAME Notre Dame bells toll to remember Paris shooting victims)
(TT) FRA NOTRE DAME It's one of the most celebrated landmarks in the world - the Notre Dame Cathedral is a must see for any visitor to Paris. Now, church-goers, priests and tourists alike will be guided by a completely new set of lights inside the building. The aim of the new lighting is to reveal parts of the cathedral that have until now been in very low light or complete shadow - making them difficult to fully appreciate. More light is now cast on renowned works such as this statue of the Virgin and Child - one of thirty-seven representations of the Virgin housed by the cathedral. The lights have been supplied and fitted by Dutch company Phillips and as marketing manager, Christophe Bresson explains getting the job right was much more than just a simple case of changing a light bulb. "The first issue was that we are here in an historical monument and that we can't drill, we must hide the equipment, they should not be visible. The light should be here only to highlight the architecture of the Cathedral," he says. Chandeliers now carry LED bulbs and stained glass windows come alive no matter what time of day. More than 400 new LED lights have been installed reducing energy consumption by 80% and cutting the electricity bill by 50,000 euros (USD $69,350). "Before you had lighting that was consuming 140kW. Consumption of electricity was high taking into consideration that it was operating from 6am to 7pm and even then the result wasn't satisfying, because most of the time the cathedral was in half-light. With this (LED lights) installed solution, we are at maximum of 30kW," says Bresson. Bresson says the installation will supply 10 hours of light a day for up to 13 years, and no maintenance will be required for at least a decade. The system has several lighting programmes and Notre Dame's staff can also customise their own. The lights can be dimmed to suit different events taking place in the cathedral, but also complement the time of the day or the natural light coming in from the outside. The installation was designed by lighting designer and director of photography, Armand Zadikian. He says the previous lighting cast much of the cathedral in shadow hiding many of its treasures: "I was working on a printed plan (of the cathedral), but when I was on site I realised that the cathedral itself was telling me where the spotlights should be placed to enhance it." He adds that his aim was not to give the cathedral a modern feel, but rather the opposite - to make it look and feel like it might have when it was first built more than 800 years ago. "I would like that people think that it is natural lighting, lighting coming from stained glass, like when it (the cathedral) was built; so I want people to think that the Cathedral is almost not lit, but I am assuring you, if I turn lights off now, you won't see a thing," he says. For Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, the rector-archpriest of Notre Dame, the lights are bringing a whole new experience not only for tourists, but also for worshippers. "For priests celebrating Mass, for example this (new lighting) means the possibility to see the assembly (in front of them). Because, before it was a black hole. And worshippers, they can read now and they can better follow the service," he says. And visitors at the cathedral today are giving a thumbs up to the new system. "It is dark and because it is dark the stained glass... the sensation of stained glass is more beautiful, more clear and more, even possibly, acute," says a tourist from New York. "This stained glass is very impressive. It is impressive how this light is made artificially," says another from Korea. "It is rather well enhanced; vaults are well illuminated, but at the same time - not too much because we can easily see rose windows which are one of the most beautiful objects in the Cathedral," says a visitor from France. Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most visited monuments in France. In 2013 it hosted more than 13 million visitors - with an annual average turn over of 30,000 people each day. Last year, Notre-Dame celebrated its 850th anniversary by installing new bells.
ノートルダム大聖堂 「850周年記念式典」_フランス革命後初となる9つの鐘が奏でるハーモニー_Notre-Dame cathedral's new bells inaugurated
Nine new bells sounded out for the first time at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Saturday. The new bells took a year-and-a-half to build and are expected to last 200 to 300 years. The project to build and install them cost 2 million euros ($2.7 million) and was financed by private donations for the cathedral's 850th anniversary. Images and soundbites
ノートルダム大聖堂850年に向けての準備（尖塔アップあり）_Notre-Dame cathedral celebrates 850 years at the heart of France
2013 marks the 850th anniversary of one of France's most enduring icons -- the Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame, in the heart of Paris. A natural-sound version of am AFPTV report
ノートルダム大聖堂着工850年に向けて南北塔の九つの鐘を化粧直し_Une cloche toute neuve prête pour Notre-Dame
Le démoulage de la plus grosse des futures cloches, fabriquées en France, pour Notre Dame de Paris a eu lieu vendredi dans la Manche. La cloche Gabriel 4,1 tonnes, 1,83 mètres de hauteur et de diamètre. Elle rejoindra la tour nord de la cathédrale en février. IMAGES
ノートルダム大聖堂850年式典に向けて装飾に金箔を施す_At 850, daily upkeep necessary for Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame has a colourful history that includes surviving the French Revolution and two World Wars. Now at 850 years-old, a dedicated team keep it in top condition - cleaning the building and keeping it safe for the millions of visitors who walk through its doors every year. A natural sound version of an AFPTV report.
ノートルダム大聖堂前でブルカの女性逮捕 FRANCE: French police detain a woman wearing an Islamic veil outside Notre Dame cathedral, French businessman offers to pay fines of those found violating the 'burqa law'
A woman wearing a full Muslim veil was on Monday (April 11) detained by police outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as she sought to take part in a protest against a law that has just come into force which forbids the masking of faces in public places. Kenza Drider, a mother of four from Avignon in the south of France, was removed by police and taken off to a distant police station for identity checks which are now mandatory as part of the law. She could face a fine of 150 euros ($180) or several hours of mandatory citizenship education. She had earlier travelled up from her home town without any challenge and was only stopped when she sought to take part in a call for a silent prayer session in front of the French capital's main cathedral. Several dozen media who had been alerted to the call were present. Although France has Europe's largest Muslim population, only a very tiny minority wear full veils that obscure everything but the eyes, officials say not more than 3,000. Drider, who says it is her constitutional right to dress how she wishes, is the highest profile of their number, and has previously testified before parliamentary committees and taken part in television debates. French officials have defended the measure by saying it seeks to consolidate womens' rights and also helps with security at a time when the country faces the threat of terror attacks. Opponents say the measure stigmatises the Muslim population and is a sop to the electorate on the hard right at a time when Sarkozy's ratings are at an all-time low, one year before presidential elections. A French businessman who opposes the use of the veil but defends' people's rights to wear it, on Monday launched a defence fund to pay the bills of people who would be fined. "I cannot accept that the President of the Republic, Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, introduces a law that does not respect either the constitution nor the principle of law, and namely the respect of fundamental liberties," he said in a video posted on the website oumma.com. "We have decided to launch a fund to defend secularism and freedom this Monday, April 11. This is to ... pay all the fines of women who will circulate in the street wearing a niqab," he said. (Caption:FRANCE: French police detain a woman wearing an Islamic veil outside Notre Dame cathedral, French businessman offers to pay fines of those found violating the 'burqa law')
ロシアのメドヴェージェフ大統領、ノートルダム大聖堂訪問 FRANCE: Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits Notre Dame cathedral and inaugurates Russian art exhibition at Louvre
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday (March 2) during a three-day visit to France. Accompanied by his wife Svetlana, he spent an hour walking around the central Paris cathedral accompanied by senior French Catholic and Orthodox clerics. The Russian leader later inaugurated a Russian art exhibition at the Louvre museum. With his wife and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, Medvedev toured the exhibition, leaving the first signature in the visitors' book. The exhibition, which opens to the public on March 5, traces the history of Christian art in Russia from the ninth to the 18th centuries. It has more than 438 major works of art provided by the major Russian museums including the Kremlin. (Caption:FRANCE: Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits Notre Dame cathedral and inaugurates Russian art exhibition at Louvre)
Heads of 13th Century Notre Dame statues from the Gallery of Kings which were decapitated during the French Revolution are discovered in Paris.
ポンピドゥー元仏大統領の国葬_POMPIDOU'S FUNERAL AT NOTRE DAME - NO SOUND
POMPIDOU'S FUNERAL AT NOTRE DAME - NO SOUND
1957年パリの名所 Paris scenes and Notre Dame exteriors. France, 1957
Notre Dame exteriors and Ile Saint-Louis streets. France, 1957
第二次世界大戦 アメリカ軍・フランス軍兵士、ノートルダム大聖堂へ American and French officers at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
American GIs and WAC (Women Army Corps) officers walk up to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. A bus load of GIs arrive and enter the Cathedral. Military Police (MP) officers march and line up outside the church. Civilians entering the church. French officers salute MPs on their way inside. Army personnel and civilians leave church. A USO (United Service Organizations) worker outside the church. MPs march away from the cathedral. Location: Paris France. Date: April 1945.
ノートルダム大聖堂のガーゴイルからの風景（第二次世界大戦時） Gargoyles and Grotesques at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and U.S. military personnel exiting cathedral.
Views of numerous gargoyles, grotesques and chimeras on the Notre Dame Cathedral. The city of Paris can be seen in the background. U.S. military personnel leave the church as French honor guards line up outside. Gendarmes around the church as MPs get ready to march. Location: Paris France. Date: April 1945.
【第二次世界大戦】パリ解放 Liberation of Paris during WWII
Date:Released: 24 August 1944 Crowds gather in the streets after liberation of Paris during World War II; remaining groups of German soldiers resist (Caption:Liberation of Paris during WWII)
第二次世界大戦 パリでドイツ軍スナイパーとの戦いFFI (French Forces of the Interior) fire from behind a sandbag barricade and buildings in Paris, France.
FFI (French Forces of the Interior) fire at German snipers in Paris, France, during the Liberation of Paris. FFI men manning a street barricade. They fire from behind a sandbag barricade and open windows. French soldiers return fire from a building. FFI men fire at snipers in Notre Dame Cathedral. The FFI members seated in a Vercors Republic captured truck. (World War II period). Location: Paris France. Date: August 1944.
第二次世界大戦 フランス解放 General Charles De Gaulle arrives in car, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and German snipers open fire in Paris, France.
French General Charles De Gaulle arrives for his speech in Paris, France. A French flag on Eiffel Tower. Smoke rises in a distance. Smoke rises from the shell hit in the distance. A French flag on a building. People gather outside Notre Dame de Paris. Military cars in procession. General Charles De Gaulle arrives by car. Crowds cheers on his arrival. German snipers open fire. Crowds in street scatter and take over. Crowds sit and hide themselves on the roadside. Military tanks moves on the street. A soldier is injured and carried on a stretcher. A doctor treats the soldier's leg wound. Smoke rises in the distance. Military tanks move along the roadside. Soldier watches the tank move from behind. Soldiers fire from behind the cars toward the moving tanks. (World War II period). Location: Paris France. Date: August 25, 1944.
パリ ノートルダム大聖堂前にて消火訓練 FRANCE : QUIRKY ; Firemen give Notre Dame cathedral a Springtime clean
Date:released 16 APRIL 1928 Paris firemen spring-clean Notre Dame with ultra modern equipment (Caption:FRANCE : QUIRKY ; Firemen give Notre Dame cathedral a Springtime clean)
第二次世界大戦 パリ解放 Civilians cheer and welcome French and U.S. troops during the Liberation of Paris from Germans.
August 1944, Paris: Parisians along the streets of the city. A convoy of Allied troops and vehicles passes by. Civilians cheer and greet the troops. Men remove road blocks and barricades erected by the Germans. Tanks and military vehicles on the streets. 25 August 1944: A large crowd gathered to greet the French 2nd Armored Division led by General Philippe Leclerc. Soldiers on tanks wave to the crowd as they cheer and welcome the troops. U.S. soldiers and tanks amidst the crowd. The convoy approaches the Eiffel Tower. Girls, women and children kiss the soldiers. Street fighting between the FFI, Allied troops and German soldiers. Soldiers run across the street. Civilians take cover. A man clicks photographs. Germans fire. People take cover. The Allied convoy on the road. Soldiers in the streets fight back. German snipers shoot from a building. Nazi officers and soldiers taken prisoners. They are marched out of the Institute of German, used as their headquarters. Prisoners sweep the street outside Hotel Majestic. Allied soldiers and civilians watch. French and U.S. troops ride past Parisian monuments including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace De La Concorde, Champs Elysees, and approach the Arc De Triomphe. Collaborationists are rounded up, hissed at, and man handled. French crowd deals roughly with a female collaborationist: Men paint a woman's face and pull her by the hair. Male collaborationists are also led away. German General Dietrich Von Choltitz, Commander of the Paris region, and his German Garrison surrender. The German soldiers are marched through the streets past. The people of Paris celebrate. Civilians hold banners and read the newspaper headlines as they celebrate and cheer. (World War II period). Location: Paris France. Date: 1945.