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Notre Dame on fire

Old Apr 15th, 2019, 11:19 AM
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Ahhhhh!
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 11:40 AM
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I am in Paris and just returned from Notre Dame.........we watched for almost three hours hoping it would be contained, but, it seems to have gotten worse. I can't stop crying.......
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 11:42 AM
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Hard to believe. It seemed indestructible.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 11:45 AM
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We have combined the three threads about the horrible fire at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 11:50 AM
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I'm going to guess that the windows and a lot of the carvings will be lost. However, as long as the outer walls don't collapse, they can rebuild the roof and restore it to something like the original. See what happened with Windsor Castle and it's fire, 20 some odd years ago.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 11:55 AM
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This is tragic. It's too much to think that a building that has been standing for hundreds of years is gone.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by twk View Post
I'm going to guess that the windows and a lot of the carvings will be lost. However, as long as the outer walls don't collapse, they can rebuild the roof and restore it to something like the original. See what happened with Windsor Castle and it's fire, 20 some odd years ago.
That's what I was thinking. Many cathedrals were obliterated during WW2 and later rebuilt to various levels of prior glory. ND will rise again. What sucks is the many people who were planning their first and possibly only visit in their lifetimes in the next few years who will now see only a shell.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 12:00 PM
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The spire collapsed in 1792. Thanks to Victor Hugo's novel, the cathedral was finally restored in the 19th century. The blueprints by Viollet-le-Duc still exist and they will be used for the restoration... if there is anything left.

The fire brigade has just announced that the north tower is indeed in risk of collapsing, and if it does, it makes everything much much worse.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 12:16 PM
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This is impossible to imagine and yet I am seeing it live on the news It makes me cry. .
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Edward2005 View Post
That's what I was thinking. Many cathedrals were obliterated during WW2 and later rebuilt to various levels of prior glory. ND will rise again. What sucks is the many people who were planning their first and possibly only visit in their lifetimes in the next few years who will now see only a shell.
Holy crap. There are really more important matters to worry about now than tourists. Paris is not just a theme park.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 12:27 PM
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On the French news they just explained why it is possible that at least one of the towers could collapse. The giant bells are held up by the same huge wooden beams that burned so well all over the roof. Wood from the 13th century burns much better than normal wood. Anyway, the firemen were saying that if the beams holding the bells collapse in flames, the tower will come down too.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 12:30 PM
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A very tragic day for Paris, France, the world.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 12:34 PM
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This is just so so sad to me I feel like I've lost a piece of my heart hearing this news. Truly such a shame
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 12:39 PM
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by twk View Post
I'm going to guess that the windows and a lot of the carvings will be lost. However, as long as the outer walls don't collapse, they can rebuild the roof and restore it to something like the original. See what happened with Windsor Castle and it's fire, 20 some odd years ago.
And who will pay for it? They struggled to raise the money for much needed repairs and restoration, who do you propose they should raise the money to rebuild a replica of Notre Dame.
Firefighters are saying it probably can't be saved.
Perhaps it would be better in that case to build anew, a modern place of worship rather than a tourist trap look alike that would take even longer then Sagrada familia to complete, even if they havd the finnaces to do so.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 01:17 PM
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Just so very sad...devastating...and in Holy Week ! Thank goodness it was not a terrorist attack and there have been no reports of serious injury or death.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 01:34 PM
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I just watched a segment on the French news last week about the renovation of the statues of the Apostles that adorned the spire of ND. From that uplifting story to this tragic one. The cathedral at Reims was able to be rebuilt after WWII, so perhaps they can save ND as well.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 01:45 PM
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Very sad news. Whether for tourists or not, the historical importance of Notre Dame can't be denied.

A reporter on NPR said that government funds do not maintain places of worship. Because of this, frequent repairs to the wood roof have been made in a less than ideal way. She speculated that current repairs could have caused this fire...not sure.
On MSNBC, Macron says he will put up a national subscription for repairs.

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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 01:47 PM
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I just pray, Madam, that a Mango, Zara or Eataly cafeteria doesn't go in there! I can imagine some already planning a new shopping mall @Notre Dame.

First Karl Lagerfeld, then this horrific fire. If Hermes were to go, I would have to go back on Klonopin.

Today is another bad day for Paris. She has seen so many.

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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 01:57 PM
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Well, S**T!!!!!!!
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