Paris, France, Apr 17, 2019 / 14:00 pm
A copper rooster containing relics and thought to have been destroyed in the collapse of Notre-Dame de Paris has been found damaged but intact. The weathervane had previously perched at the top of the cathedral spire for more than a century.
An informal national symbol of France, the rooster also functioned as a lightning rod for the cathedral, and contained one of the thorns from the crown of thorns, as well as relics of the French saints Denis and Genevieve. It is unclear as of now if these relics survived the damage.
The rooster was discovered on Tuesday, one day after the fire.
Jacques Chanut, president of the French Builders Federation, tweeted a picture of the dented rooster’s recovery.
Chanut said it was “incredible” and that the rooster had been found among the rubble of the cathedral.
“His intuition was good!,” Chanut added.
Incroyable! Un de nos adhérents du @GMHistoriques a retrouvé dans les décombres le coq du haut de la flèche de #NotreDame Son intuition était la bonne! Merci à nos bâtisseurs passionnés du patrimoine pour leur engagement: Le savoir-faire français est là. #ReconstruireNotreDame pic.twitter.com/EG2yyj28Bm— Jacques CHANUT (@chanutj) April 16, 2019