Notre Dame Bee Hives Survive Fire

Saltman Quarterly

Honey Bees on Notre-Dame’s Roof Survived the Fire

By Brigit Katz

In the wake of the devastating fire that tore through Notre-Dame, French officials have been taking stock of the damage, trying to determine which of the cathedral’s precious objects survived. Late last week, some happy news emerged: at least some of the 180,000 honey bees kept in wooden boxes atop Notre-Dame’s roof appear unscathed.

Nicolas Geant, the cathedral’s beekeeper, tells CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne and Gianluca Mezzofiore that the three hives are located on a roof above the sacristy—around 100 feet below the main roof, which sustained extensive damage during the fire. Last Tuesday, Geant announced on Instagram that “the 3 beehives are still in place and seem to be intact,” per a translation by Vice’s Sarah Emerson. But there was still reason to be concerned about the buzzing critters, since high temperatures from the nearby flames posed a possible risk.

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  1. Let’s hear it for the bees of Notre Dame !!! – they have escaped the Monsanto gang and now the Church Terrorists. The Ukraine has a huge bee population. Let’s see what happens to that population , now that Monsanto, Cargill and John Deere own some of that farmland. Bees are like those canaries that were used in underground mines. But more important to us. Thanks Carol.

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