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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:55 pm 
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A spokesman for the cathedral said the whole structure was "burning". "There will be nothing left," he said. "It remains to be seen whether the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be affected or not."


This is heartbreaking.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47941794

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/ ... -live-news

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:59 pm 
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I just saw that on Facebook. I was in the middle of something so I couldn't look further, but I agree, it is shocking and very sad.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:24 pm 
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They are saying the roof has collapsed. At least three of the beautiful stained glass windows are lost. This is terrible.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:11 pm 
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Oh my goodness. :(. This is awful.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:29 pm 
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:cry: It's so hard to see such old and beautiful buildings lost or damaged when they've come so far through time.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:24 pm 
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In comparison: the altar and pietà before the fire (link).

More pictures of the interior after the fire. Miraculously--and through the efforts of the Paris Fire Brigade--only a small part of the vaulted ceiling collapsed.

https://twitter.com/CathedraleNotre/sta ... 6654304256
https://twitter.com/CathedraleNotre/sta ... 1655016449


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:39 am 
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I just read that the artwork was saved and the building can be restored.

It's a horrible day. But the church will remain standing.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:57 am 
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It is not yet sure, if the famous windows and the organ can be saved. There are serious worries that the water used to stop the fire, has damaged the vault of the building.

On a personal note, this church meant a lot to me because I visited it on the rare occasions, when I could meet my birth mother. Today I can feel my French roots much more than usual.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:10 pm 
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Here's a pretty good sequence of events
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47947425

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:33 pm 
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Apparently, the French government owns the building, but didn't want to spend much money maintaining it.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/artic ... -disrepair

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The French government owns Notre Dame Cathedral, but apart from a small annual maintenance stipend of 2 million euros a year from the ministry of culture, and some limited repair works, it had done little to maintain it. To do so would violate France’s laws separating church and state, the government has argued.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:45 pm 
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Lhaewin wrote:
On a personal note, this church meant a lot to me because I visited it on the rare occasions, when I could meet my birth mother. Today I can feel my French roots much more than usual.


I'm sure that this is particularly emotional for you, Lhaewin. My thoughts go out to you! :hug:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:45 pm 
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I wonder if, that even though it's a functioning church, especially due to it's cultural heritage (especially as it's already designated a UNESCO World heritage site), that now there will be an argument for much more funding in the future as it is a heritage building. It's not "just" a religious building. I know someone with a masters in museum policies, and she said, it's pretty much the norm, that cultural treasures are taken for granted, and no one wants to pay for them. Until it's at risk or lost. Then everyone cares. :( I hope this is a lesson for governments the world over on the importance of adequately funding for the care and preservation of cultural landmarks like this. They really are a part of the cultural psyche of a place, and that is not even considering any scientific value. In this particular case, lets not forget the tourism value.

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Three hives of bees living in Notre Dame roof survived fire

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