I was saddened on Monday to see this beautiful Cathedral, Notre Dame burning. I followed the news updates closely hoping against hope that they could save the building. I watched those brave Parisian firefighters battling the raging fire. When the roof collapsed my heart fell.
I had the pleasure of visiting Notre Dame twice in my life. For the first time in 2015 and most recently in December 2018. On my most recent visit I was with my girlfriend, Kamlyn, we were there around Christmas time and the line to get in was extremely long. We debated skipping going inside because we said, “we can see it on our next trip to Paris” However the line began to move, and we decided it was worth waiting to get inside. I’m glad we did! I was able to see the beautiful interior for the 2nd time and Kamlyn was able to see it for the first time.
Construction on Notre Dame began in 1163 AD and the Medieval Cathedral wasn’t completed until 1345 AD almost 200 years later! Notre Dame is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the city of Paris and France itself. Notre Dame is consecrated to the Virgin Mary. Notre Dame Cathedral was the site of the Coronation of Napoleon I. The Cathedral was made world famous in 1831 when it was featured in the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
On April 15th, 2019 the Cathedral of Notre Dame caught fire during renovations. The subsequent fire burnt down the roof and collapsed the spire. Firefighters said they were only minutes away from the entire structure collapsing. According to the French President Emmanuel Macron, 500 firefighters fought to protect the cathedral. Macron reports that one firefighter was seriously injured along with 2 police officers. During the fire 20 firefighters climbed the towers but were eventually driven back by the fire and heat. The wooden roof was made of over 13,000 wooden beams and will take the wood of over 3,000 Oak trees to replace!
I hope that the cathedral is rebuilt to its former glory. It was a magnificent structure and it would be a shame if it was completely lost to future generations.
The official website of Notre-Dame Cathedral.