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PARIS, FRANCE (APRIL 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF REPLICA OF 17TH CENTURY ANGEL STATUE IN VAL-DE-GRACE ABBEY JOURNALISTS, GUESTS AND CHIEF ARCHITECT, STEFAN MANCIULESCU, LOOKING UP AT INSTALLATION VARIOUS OF CRANE LIFTING A PAIR OF ANGEL STATUES TOWARDS DOME WORKER SHOUTING FROM SCAFFOLDING STATUES HANGING FROM CRANE OVER SCAFFOLDING STATUES HANGING MANCIULESCU OVERSEEING WORK MANCIULESCU AND WORKERS EXAMINING STATUES, TWO OF EIGHT THAT WILL BE INSTALLED (SOUNDBITE) (French) CHIEF ARCHITECT FOR HISTORIC MONUMENTS, STEFAN MANCIULESCU, SAYING: "We're talking about things that are subliminal, rather subtle but important. So the return of statues on the edifice is important, because it completes the dimension of an edifice being not just a building, but there is also a spiritual dimension. So these elements contribute to it." MANCIULESCU EXAMINING STATUES STATUES HANGING FROM CRANE (SOUNDBITE) (French) CHIEF ARCHITECT FOR HISTORIC MONUMENTS, STEFAN MANCIULESCU, SAYING: "In sculptural details - the look inscribed in the stone, these types of things - (the expertise) is a bit lost. The challenge was to carry out this very meticulous work, and go far in the reconstruction of this perfect, very classical aspect of the sculpture." VARIOUS OF WORKERS PLACING REPLICA ANGEL STATUES ON LEDGE OF DOME FACE OF REPLICA OF GENIE SCULPTURE REPLICAS OF GENIE SCULPTURES WITH DIFFERENT EXPRESSIONS VARIOUS OF REPLICA OF GENIE SCULPTURE ON DOME, ONE OF 16 TO BE INSTALLED ANOTHER GENIE SCULPTURE ON DOME EIFFEL TOWER AND INVALIDES MILITARY MUSEUM SEEN FROM THE DOME'S LEDGE SCULPTURE RESTORER, OLIVIA SALAUN AND PRESIDENT OF RESTORATION COMPANY "SOCRA", ROMAIN GILBERT, LOOKING AT ORIGINAL ANGEL STATUE IN CRYPT DAMAGED FACE OF ORIGINAL ANGEL STATUE (SOUNDBITE) (French) SCULPTURE RESTORER, OLIVIA SALAUN, SAYING: "It's very important to preserve the traces of these statues, which are currently in a very deteriorated state. This also allows us to keep a remembrance of (Philippe) Buyster's sculptural work, and to keep the monument as well as the history of art alive." ORIGINAL ANGEL STATUES, NOW BEING KEPT IN CRYPT STATUE WITH BROKEN HAND AND FOAM SUPPORT ORIGINAL ANGEL STATUES VARIOUS OF ORIGINAL GENIE STATUE INSIDE CHURCH PORTRAIT OF QUEEN ANNE OF AUSTRIA PORTRAITS OF LOUIS XIII AND HIS WIFE QUEEN ANNE INSIDE OF CHURCH FRESCO ON CHURCH DOME INTERIOR VAL-DE-GRACE ABBEY BUILDING
Dateline: 2019

Angels, Genies Float Over Paris Church Dome After Grand Restoration

Item ID: 112037543

By: Reuters

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