History Burns at the Notre Dame Cathedral

Have you ever visited the Notre Dame in Paris?

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When most people think of Paris, they think of the iconic landmarks within it. The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame. In a tragedy for the city of Paris, the Notre Dame Cathedral, a historical building for over 800 years, was engulfed in a catastrophic fire that officials say was likely due to a ‘computer glitch.’

The fire burned for several long hours before firefighters were able to contain it. As for damage, the roof, constructed from the 13th century was destroyed, the iconic spire collapsed, falling through the roof. Horror erupted from Parisians all over the city. They stood to stare in awe. And that night, they gathered outside the church, singing and praying.

After the fire burned, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild, beginning with the launch of an international fundraising campaign, according to CNN.

He said, “Notre Dame is our history, it’s our literature, it’s our imagery. It’s the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations.” “This history is ours. And it burns. It burns and I know the sadness so many of our fellow French feel.”

The Notre Dame cathedral is one of the most popular attractions in Paris, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors per year.

To many, the Notre Dame was much more than a place of worship. According to French author Bernard-Henri Levy. it’s a symbol of French culture, architecture and history. “Notre Dame de Paris is really one of the beating hearts of the French civilization,” he said.

“How can you rebuild eight or nine centuries of history? How can you rebuild the tears, the whispers and the memories of a whole country and of the whole civilization?”

The foundation stone was laid in 1163 by Pope Alexander III, and the cathedral was completed in the 13th century, according to CNN. Today, it is considered a feat of architecture and also a major religious and cultural symbol of France.


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Have you ever visited the Notre Dame in Paris?

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14% Yes, amazing
86% No
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13% Yes, amazing
87% No
Females
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83% No

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