Strange News Alert: Norte Dam Cathedral in Paris, France is burning. Crews are working to save some of the art inside but the frame will likely be lost.
Video: the spire falls, today, April 15, 2019
“No fire until now in 800 years.”
“Some restoration construction may have started it.”
“Is the hunchback okay?”
“No employee on site at time, accident unlikely”
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Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Citéin the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The innovative use of the rib vault and flying buttress, the enormous and colorful rose windows, and the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration all set it apart from earlier Romanesque architecture.
The cathedral was begun in 1160 and largely completed by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. Soon after the publication of Victor Hugo‘s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1831, popular interest in the building revived. A major restoration project supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845 and continued for twenty-five years.
… As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame contains the cathedra of the Archbishop of Paris(Michel Aupetit). 12 million people visit Notre-Dame yearly, it thus being the most visited monument in Paris.
On 15 April 2019, the Cathedral caught fire, causing significant damage, including the collapse of the main spire and the entire roof. The extent of the damage was initially unknown as was the cause of the fire, though it was suggested that it was linked to ongoing renovation work. A spokesperson stated that the entire wooden frame would likely come down and that the vault of the edifice could be threatened as well. …
The above is from today, April 15th on Wikipedia, showing that they keep the site quite up to date at times.
If you count from when it was largely completed, 1260, up to now 2019, it survived 759 years without any major damage.
I enjoyed seeing it while I was in Paris briefly, years ago.