Monday, April 15, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral Burned; Tallest Spire, 2/3 Roof Lost; Structure,Two Towers, Front Rose Window Saved

A massive blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has devastated large parts of the 850-year-old church. The iconic spire has fallen, and while the flames have been extinguished, it took 400 firefighters six hours to bring the fire under control.

As we went about our work, a live report came on the cable TV showing us the beginnings of a fire that burned for hours in Paris and still smoldered at 3 am Paris time. It was both a sad and yet spiritual experience but seriously regrettable for those in art, religion, and history. We are all so fortunate that so much was saved after witnessing what appeared to be catastropic loss.

Built in the 13th century, the medieval structure is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol. It is one of Paris' most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.

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