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Notre Dame Cathedral

Adlham posted 4/15/2019 13:17 PM

Is burning.

The spire and the roof have collapsed.

850 years old.

I am devastated. All that beauty and history.

My heart goes out to Paris.

devasted30 posted 4/15/2019 13:22 PM

OMG, this is so sad.
Such a beautiful piece of history.

[This message edited by devasted30 at 1:23 PM, April 15th (Monday)]

latebloomer45 posted 4/15/2019 13:36 PM

My heart is breaking. I feel lucky to have been there three times but to think it might be completely destroyed. I can't stop crying.

It's all the local news is talking about, we are only 350 miles away.

welcome14 posted 4/15/2019 13:40 PM

I remember the second time I was there, they were holding a choir practice, and it was the closest to Heaven I have ever been, tears for her loss. I understand the whole roof is gone and still burning. I pray for the Rose window to somehow escape...

beauchateaux posted 4/15/2019 14:13 PM

This is a tragedy on an immeasurable level. Even if you could rebuild - which they can't, because the cost would be so astronomical that it would be impossible - you can't replace history.

She's been the heart of Paris for centuries. I used to live in France - I'm in tears right now. I can't bear to watch and I can't seem to turn away...

Chili posted 4/15/2019 14:17 PM

Just horrible.

HardenMyHeart posted 4/15/2019 14:20 PM

So tragic. My heart goes out to the people of France.

latebloomer45 posted 4/15/2019 14:53 PM

French news is saying they just hope to save some art, little hope for the building itself, which was already in poor shape, which is the reason behind the renovations. I'm drinking heavily and going to go cry myself to sleep.

DragnHeart posted 4/15/2019 15:21 PM

So very sad to see such a beautiful piece of history gone. Are the renovations responsible for this? It's just totally tragic.

latebloomer45 posted 4/15/2019 15:35 PM


Very likely not. But really too soon to tell.

DragnHeart posted 4/15/2019 16:25 PM

Whatever the cause it's beyond sad and tragic. Makes me wish I had done my tour of Europe when I had the chance. Hopefully they are able to save as much as they can.

deena04 posted 4/15/2019 16:32 PM

This is so Heartbreaking!

Edie posted 4/15/2019 16:32 PM

It feels like a metaphor, a beacon, like it’s burning for the state of the world.

Or something like that 🙁

somanyyears posted 4/15/2019 16:47 PM



Was there in late August 2001, three weeks before 9/11.

Hoping and praying it's not arson...

Is rebuilding even an option with the massive damage ???

So very,very sad...


Adlham posted 4/15/2019 20:03 PM

I don't think it would be possible to rebuild it to the way it was before.

The cost alone would probably be bigger than the GDP of many small countries.

Not to mention, the materials and the skill involved...

I'm sure that it will be rebuilt, but I don't think it would be anywhere near what it had been.

I did hear that much of the artwork and Holy Relics were saved. I am desperately hoping that is true.

I have just been so shattered by this. I am not particularly religious and the last time I attended Mass was 12 years ago for my father's funeral. But I was raised Catholic and even though I rarely attend, it's still a huge part of my identity.

But even if I weren't, the loss of the beautiful architecture, historical significance, the artwork, etc, breaks my heart as a human being.

looking forward posted 4/15/2019 20:44 PM

My heart is breaking. We were in Paris five and a half years ago. We walked alongside the cathedral; didn't go inside (my H had already done the tour years before). I wish I had now. We visited instead Sacré-Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) in Montmartre, another beautiful church in Paris.

Double heartbreak. One of the three churches in my parish burned down last week, a beautiful rural wood-framed place of worship built in 1863. Arson suspected. I was commissioned as a licenced lay minister there.

Feeling such loss....the Holiest Week of our Christian year....

Edited to add April 16th:

"Notre Dame isn't just another church in Europe. 'Our Lady' in French, a mother: comfort in concrete and stone. She reminded us there was something better if you sought it, in yourself and maybe in others. That no matter what had your head down, there was something beautiful above."
~ Chris Cuomo on his show last night

The world is weeping...

[This message edited by looking forward at 5:51 AM, April 16th (Tuesday)]

pureheartkit posted 4/15/2019 23:02 PM

The relics are safe

Marie2792 posted 4/16/2019 07:54 AM

The news today is that the art and bell towers survived and no arson is suspected. $339 million already pledged to the restoration of the cathedral, 113 million of that from Salma Hayek and her husband.

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