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Notre Dame

Notre Dame, that wonderful cathedral in Paris, has burned on Monday. It’s a very sad thing – and it does bring home again how devastating fire can be, and how hard to bring under control, even with modern firefighting equipment.

No lives were lost, though, which is a good thing. Another good thing is that the statues from the spire that fell had been taken off for conservation works just a short time before, so they are safe as well, as are a good part of the treasures that were housed in the cathedral (among them, luckily, the garment of King Louis IX – whew!).

It’s not clear yet what caused the fire, and no matter how it came to be, the damage done is huge. Though, again, it could have been worse. The roof is gone completely, as is the spire, and there may be structural damage done to the stones due to the heat, but most of the building is still standing, and a lot of the inside is still intact. Plus, for the restauration works, Notre Dame was the subject of many research works, so there is a good number of documentation about it. There’s also a lot of donating going on already to help with rebuilding and restoration.

If you are looking for more info, this BBC article provides links to footage of the fire and to several other articles about the topic.

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3 Responses to Notre Dame

  1. Heather says:

    Hopefully they’ll rebuild like York Minster, which lost a transcept in 1986 – superficially it’s been rebuilt the same, with the argument that we know stone, oak and those building techniques will last thousands of years, but there’s a ceiling boss showing an astronaut, an achievement that places the repairs in historic context.

  2. Harma says:

    In my country they often build or rebuild fitting to the style off… but with grey concrete, steel and glass. Our public library build like an old farmhouse, has an add-on build like a three-floor-high square box with concrete accents and windows strait under the modern roof. Terrible!

  3. Heather says:

    Sorry – lost a transcept in 1984.

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