Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi reader, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Famous rose windows survive massive Notre Dame fire

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By (CNA/EWTN)
4/17/2019 (4 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Following a massive fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, the church's three iconic rose windows were unharmed, French reports have confirmed.

Highlights

By (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/17/2019 (4 months ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Famous rose, windows survive, Notre Dame fire


Paris, France, (CNA) - One of the most recognizable images of the landmark cathedral, the windows are themselves one of Notre Dame's greatest treasures. Rose windows, a hallmark of gothic architecture, arrange hundreds of panes of stained glass within carved stone tracework, fanning out from a central image.

Flames engulfed the roof and spire of the cathedral on April 16, in what officials are currently investigating as an "involuntary fire." Some 400 firefighters battled the blaze for hours before extinguishing it. Authorities are still determining the extent of the damage caused.

When the fire first broke out, there were concerns that the windows had been destroyed, either melted in the heat of the fire or blasted by the water of the fire hoses. Initial reports suggested that at least one of the windows had been ruined or fallen out. However, overnight it became clear that all three windows had made it through the blaze intact.

The roses, which crown the north, west, and south sides of the cathedral, have survived numerous ransackings, the French Revolution, two world wars, and now a massive fire.

The west rose is the oldest of the windows, and was constructed around the year 1225. Though now the smallest of the three, it was the largest rose window in the world at the time it was created. Its glass images are arranged into 15 "petals" that encircle an image of Mary holding the infant Jesus.

Located behind the grand organ, it was completely restored in the nineteenth century.

The north and south roses were built around 1250-1260 and face each other across the cathedral transepts.

The south window, a gift from King St. Louis IX, is dedicated to the saints who bore witness to Christ's ministry on earth. Considered to be the grandest of the three windows, it contains 84 panels in four circles, with the innermost ring of 12 images depicting the disciples of Christ, surrounded by scenes from the gospel of Matthew. The middle rings house famous martyrs and virgins, and the outer ring angels and patron saints of Paris.

Underneath the south rose window are images of the 16 prophets. The four prophets in the middle--Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel--are pictured alongside the four evangelists, Mark, Luke, John, and Matthew.

The north rose window is identical in shape and size to the south rose window, and is slightly older than its southern neighbor. It was built in the mid 13th century, and still contains most of the original glass. The center of the window is an image of Mary holding the Christ Child.

This window contains images from the Old Testament, including kings and prophets.

Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the significance of stained glass in churches during his 2008 visit to the United States.

In an April 19, 2008 homily at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, Benedict said that stained glass offers a lesson for the faithful.

"From the outside, those windows are dark, heavy, even dreary," he said. "But once one enters the church, they suddenly come alive; reflecting the light passing through them, they reveal all their splendor."

This is similar to Catholics' experience of the Church itself, he said.

"It is only from the inside, from the experience of faith and ecclesial life, that we see the Church as she truly is: flooded with grace, resplendent in beauty, adorned by the manifold gifts of the Spirit.  It follows that we, who live the life of grace within the Church's communion, are called to draw all people into this mystery of light."


Comments


More Europe

Pope Francis: Discover the beauty of prayer in adoration Watch

Image of

Pope Francis said Sunday that prayer in adoration of God and service to others spreads the fire of God's love, changing the world one heart ... continue reading


A Catholic group wants to honor Ireland's oldest grandparents Watch

Image of

 In anticipation of the Irish National Grandparents Pilgrimage, a Catholic group has launched a search for the oldest grandparents in ... continue reading



In Ireland, Catholic group warns of housing discrimination against migrants Watch

Image of

A representative from an Irish Catholic charity has warned that discrimination against immigrants in the private housing market has forced ... continue reading


International scholars express concerns about John Paul II Institute Watch

Image of

A group of 49 academics from universities around the world has asked the administrators of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome to ... continue reading


Pope Francis gives thousands of rosaries to Christians in Syria Watch

Image of

Pope Francis announced Thursday that he is giving 6,000 blessed rosaries to Catholic communities in Syria as a sign of his closeness on the ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.