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AiraCobra

Fire broken out and partially destroys Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

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Notre Dame Cathedral spire collapses as Paris monument is consumed by fire

 

PARIS — The central spire of Notre Dame Cathedral collapsed Monday and much of the interior appeared to have been destroyed as a catastrophic fire spread within minutes through a building that has stood at the heart of Paris for more than 800 years.

 

Cathedral spokesman Andre Finot told French media that the building had sustained “colossal damage” and that the Medieval wooden interior — an engineering and artistic marvel that has inspired awe and wonder for the millions who have visited over the centuries — had been gutted.

“Everything is burning,” he said. “Nothing will remain from the frame.”

 

The cathedral has been under renovation, and officials said they were considering the blaze an accident relating to construction.

 

The fire began in the late afternoon, with yellow clouds of smoke billowing into an otherwise perfect blue sky and orange flames assaulting the belfry. As evening began to fall over the city, a gaping hole could be seen where the enormous vaulted roof once had been. Flames continued to lick the night sky as an impromptu chorus in the streets below somberly sang “Ave Maria.” 

 

The heat of the fire could be felt from across the River Seine as firefighters frantically pumped water from cranes and sought to save the priceless works of art that had lined the walls. 

 

The rest of the city seemed to stand still as the fire raged, with thousands of passerby watching from the streets below. Many were in tears, silently filming the scenes on smartphones and broadcasting them across the globe.

 

Worldwide, scenes of the destruction triggered an outpouring of emotion, with people posting family photos to social media showcasing visits to a building that was built and refined over centuries but burned within hours. 

 

The building, the cornerstone of which was laid in 1163, is the most visited monument in Paris, with more than 12 million people coming each year — nearly double the people who visit Eiffel Tower. Its intricate stone gargoyles, spires, stained glass and flying buttresses make it one of the great masterpieces of architecture. 

 

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Notre-Dame of Paris preyed by the flames. The sorrow of an entire nation. Our thoughts with all Catholics and French people. Like all our compatriots, I’m sad tonight to see this part of ourselves burn.”

 

Macron later visited the scene, watching with others as the structure was engulfed.

“I do not have a strong enough word to express the pain that I feel,” tweeted Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Many of those gathered at the base of the cathedral Monday were tourists and pilgrims visiting for Easter holidays. Others were local, there to pay their respects.

“I came because we live in Paris and because, well, last week we were all there, having a drink on the steps of the cathedral, enjoying the beautiful flowers in the garden,” said Fatima Marie, a 35-year-old Parisian. “We thought it would be better to be here among friends.”

Donia Hammami, 35, a trade expert in Paris, ran to the scene from her gym nearby when she saw the reports of the blaze. She was in tears in the crowd, watching the cathedral burn.

 

“For me, this has been an inspiration for so many other churches in Europe from the 14th century onward, in the way it came up with a way to mirror more light,” 

 

Hammami said. “It’s been here for all those ages.”

“This is a historic moment for all of us, in the worst possible sense of the term,” she added.

Europe is full of historic structures that have been rebuilt following damage during both war and peacetime. 

 

But experts despaired that the loss to Notre Dame was incalculable and unrecoverable. 

“It’s not just the medieval features,” tweeted Kate Wiles, a scholar at Kings’ College London. “It's a palimpsest of work and rework, and building and rebuilding, and we've lost all those layers. It's not just the 'original' masterpiece we're losing, but the culmination of some 900 years of history, which can't just be rebuilt.” 

 

President Trump tweetedhis advice to Paris: “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”

 

French fire services tweeted in apparent reply that “dropping water by airplane on this type of building could result in the collapse of the entire structure.”

Trump said in Monday afternoon remarks that “they don’t know what caused it. 

 

They say renovation, and I hope that’s the reason. Renovation? What’s that all about?”

 

Although there was no evidence of a connection, France has seen a number of attacks on Catholic churches in the past year, including arson and vandalism. 

Paris’s Church of St. Sulpice was set on fire after midday mass last month.

 

 No one was injured. Police are investigating, but firefighters attributed the blaze to arson.

The possibility that foul play had been the cause for the Notre Dame fire was on the minds of some of those who watched Monday evening as the cathedral burned.

 

“I was in New York on 9/11 and this reminds me of that,” said Donna Calhoun, 57, a professor of mathematics from Boise who is on sabbatical at the Sorbonne. “I just hope it wasn't arson.”

 

Live video of fire

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pariss-notre-cathedral-is-on-fire/2019/04/15/c487906e-5fa1-11e9-bf24-db4b9fb62aa2_story.html

 

 

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Purevil

The Music Video, pre recorded.

 

 

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darthYENIK

So sad.

 

Where will the Hunchback live?

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AiraCobra

Not all is lost though....

 

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make total destroy

RIP gaudy tourist trap

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Tchuck

They'll rebuild it. Nothing to see here. 

 

Funny, though. This thing that withstood two world wars, several European wars, the plague, the revolutions... finally destroyed by neoliberalism and austerity measures.

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Femme Fatale

A few memes involving Varg are floating around on social media.

 

That, and some hunchback of notre dame fan art.

Edited by Femme Fatale

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Willy A. Jeep

It really is a shame to hear about. Historic, iconic building, it has to mean a lot to people (you don't get a multi-million dollar renovation budget otherwise). I'd be pretty devastated if an icon of my home city were to be damaged so. But it's good news that the interior didn't suffer as much damage as it could've, not to mention nobody being killed despite the dramatic destruction, and this will hopefully increase awareness of decay in other structures worth preserving. Sensationalism aside, it seems things are still looking good for Notre-Dame de Paris, even if the road's a bit longer than before. It's been through a lot more than this, and people have always cared enough to make it right again, even when lacking the tools we have today.

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slimeball supreme

quasimodo predicted all of this

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Raavi
4 hours ago, Tchuck said:

They'll rebuild it. Nothing to see here. 

 

Funny, though. This thing that withstood two world wars, several European wars, the plague, the revolutions... finally destroyed by neoliberalism and austerity measures.

Ehh. I get that you want to use this is a symbol for your convictions. But what caused the fire is not yet known, it is highly unlikely that it was arson, so given the fact that the part that caught fire first was under renovation, it was more likely than not some form of negligence. Which, let me tell you, knows no political colour whatsoever. 

 

OT: One of the most impressive cathedrals I have had the pleasure to visit, history around every corner. I hope they can restore it to its former glory. 

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Eutyphro

Kind of interesting to see one of the most important monuments of Europe burn several weeks before identitarian groups are running in the EU elections to wreck the EU. Dutch media even headlined with "the whole soul of France is in the Notre-Dame." Sounds like something an identitarian right winger would be called out for as being racist. When something monumental burns down suddenly there is such a thing as "the soul of france". Kind of interesting.

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TheSantader25

I was just six when my parents took me to paris to visit this place. I don't remember that much but I have shades of good memories. Oh and a bad one as well (a bird shat on my hat.) Hopefully it's still beautiful. 

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Tchuck
11 minutes ago, Raavi said:

so given the fact that the part that caught fire first was under renovation, it was more likely than not some form of negligence. Which, let me tell you, knows no political colour whatsoever. 

I'm positive it was negligence. Thing is, France has been skimping on money for conservation/renovation efforts ever since this wave of austerity began. You know these kinds of budgets are the first to get slashed. Same deal happened in Brazil, where due to incredible budget cuts for conversation, we had our most famous museum burn to the ground since it was severely underfunded.

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Craigsters

One of my elder neighbors said that the fire was at the sistine chapel  were the The Creation of Adam was when I asked him him if that was the Cathedral were man touches gods hand (The Creation of Adam)  painting was at!..

 

That would of been  a huge tragedy if that was the case!..

 

Yesterdays fire was just a  famous Architecture christian pilgrimage tragedy

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Short Stay

Truly shocking news. Thankfully, most of the structure, the famous twin towers and the bulk of the enclosing walls appear to be intact. Regretfully the ancient beam structure supporting the roof has been destroyed, along with the reconstructed 19th century spire.

 

A massive shock for France and the French people. 

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HeavyDuke
6 hours ago, slimeball supreme said:

quasimodo predicted all of this

Pretty sure he could also walk on water. 

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Evil empire

emma macron mentioned the creation of a kitty to finance the rebuilding of the cathedral, I'm sure that douchebag won't hesitate to explain in the meanwhile that the disappearance of the taxation on the wealth is a good thing for people.

 

Why the hell does this kind of event never hit the MEDEF or the Racist Nazi instead?

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HeavyDuke

A gang of smoking ducks was seen flying over the Notre dame, one dropped their cig on the roof moments before it catched fire. Duck hunt is about to open.

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