A Tragic Fire in Progress in Paris, France

“Walking at random through the streets, we came by chance upon the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I shall long remember my first impression of the scene within. The lofty gothic ceiling arched far above my head and through the stained windows the light came but dimly – it was all still, solemn and religious.”          – Bayard Taylor, an American journalist from thew 1800s

A Brief One from Doug Draper 

Posted April 15th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

You don’t need to be Catholic or religious in any way to feel terrible about this one.

As I post this, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris France – a masterpiece of gothic architecture and one of the most iconic heritage buildings in the world – is engulfed in flames and parts of its out structure, including its towers, are reported to be crumbling.

It you care anything at all about heritage or cultural history, the scenes of this grand place burning on cable news channels are devastating to watch.

Hopefully, some, if not most of it can be saved and restored.

In a world of prefabricated, disposable buildings that look like glass and metal boxes, magnificent structures like this are irreplaceable. And as one of the cathedral’s towers was just shown collapsing on a cable news program, one of the hosts commented; “That is like a dagger to the heart of Paris.”

The Notre Dame Cathedral was built in the 1100s and unlike so many other buildings across Europe, it even survived the invasion and occupation of Hitler’s Nazis in the 1940s.

And not this, at a time when there are so many other troubling things going on in the world.

Damn, damn, damn.

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One response to “A Tragic Fire in Progress in Paris, France

  1. Linda McKellar

    I cried seeing the news. Of the many amazing cathedrals I’ve had the honour to see, Notre Dame was to me, the most beautiful. As you approach it from behind seeing it from the Seine, the flying buttresses and spire were graceful and awesome and from the front the towers were massive and powerful, testaments to the faith and devotion of the ancient craftsmen who built her. No one who experienced her magnificence could leave uninspired. My first thought was of saving the beautiful Rosace and the other medieval stained glass that can never be replaced. A creation like this could never be replicated even with today’s technology. The craftsmen just don’t exist and history once gone is simply not the same.

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