Notre Dame statues soar above Paris before coming down to earth for restoration
The cathedral’s statues were lowered by a 100-metre high crane.
Religious statues which sit atop Notre Dame Cathedral have come down for the first time in more than a century as part of a restoration of the Paris church’s towering spire.
A 100-metre high crane lowered the copper statues representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists on to a truck.
The operation gave the public a ground-level look at the statues for the first time.
The figures’ regular posts look over the French capital from Notre Dame’s 96-metre high peak.
The three-metre tall statues are being sent to south-western France.
It is part of a renovation project on the cathedral spire and its 250 tons (226 tonnes) of lead.
The project will cost six million euro (£5 million).