April 16, 2019 / 11:45 AM / 3 months ago

Notre-Dame's artworks to be transferred to Louvre museum

Saved treasures from Notre-Dame Cathedral are seen in a room at Paris city hall after a massive fire devastated large parts of the gothic cathedral in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - The artworks evacuated from Notre-Dame Cathedral during the blaze on Monday will be transferred to the Louvre Museum, the French Culture Minister Franck Riester told reporters.

Staff from the fire department, the culture ministry and the city townhall rushed to the Cathedral when the fire started to protect the main artworks that were inside, the minister had said earlier.

The artworks, which include relics such as the Christ’s crown of thorns and French king Saint-Louis’s 13th century tunic, were first moved to the city town hall and will now be transferred to the nearby Louvre Museum, the minister said.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Leigh Thomas

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