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Notre Dame

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The fire was terrible. It was unintentional. It was the result of efforts to refurbish the cathedral. It has not been well looked after for a variety of reasons. I happen to have some pictures which include the ceiling and the roof – which is the greatest loss – and the spire. One thing I am sure of, it will be replaced, and it will look magnificent.

Notre Dame

Gothic excellence

Choir

Ceiling

Notre Dame from the Pantheon colonnade

Notre Dame

POSTSCRIPT

Shortly after posting this I came across this post by CityLab on Instagram

The extent of the fire damage at Notre-Dame Cathedral is still uncertain, but the good news is that the structure has survived. That’s because Gothic architecture is strong stuff, built to withstand even an inferno. In Notre-Dame, as in other Gothic cathedrals, the ceiling is a stone vault, and above that is the equivalent of a wooden attic space. Though the wooden roof is vulnerable to burning, the stone structure itself is fundamentally fireproof.
Over a long history of wars, accidents, and natural disasters, fires have claimed many of Europe’s cathedrals over the centuries, and some have been rebuilt with great success. While the damage is sure to be extensive, governments and institutions around the world will be standing by to help, @nylandmarks president Peg Breen told CityLab. Read more about how the cathedral’s architecture may have saved it

Written by Stephen Rees

April 16, 2019 at 9:56 am

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  1. We watched the news, Stephen. I had my mouth opened with disbelief. Yes, I do hope that it will be rebuilt to its glory.

    Miriam Hurdle

    April 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

  2. One thing I read was that billionaires are falling over themselves to pay for the repairs. They do not like paying taxes. But they get recognition when they are generous to charities.

    Stephen Rees

    April 16, 2019 at 11:07 am


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