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Notre Dame in flames
« on: April 15, 2019, 03:05:48 pm »
The cathedral at Notre Dame caught fire on Monday evening. The spire of the cathedral, which was built in the 13th century and attracts millions of visitors a year, has collapsed and the roof is mostly, if not totally, gone. There are ongoing efforts to save the rest of the cathedral.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but may have been caused by renovations which had been taking place.

https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/notre-dame-fire/index.html

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Re: Notre Dame in flames
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 04:51:39 pm »
I've been watching the news on this. So very sad to see and hear about this.  :'( You're probably right as it could have been the renovations which may have started the fire somehow. But it'll be a long investigation before we really know what started it. It's a very sad day when a culturaly significant piece of history and an iconic monument go up in flames. I can only hope that the cathedral may be able to be rebuilt.
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Re: Notre Dame in flames
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 05:49:07 pm »
Two-thirds of the roof is gone, but the fire is considered to be cooling off and both towers of the cathedral are thought to be safe.

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Re: Notre Dame in flames
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 08:10:13 pm »
A lot of places today will never be built like that! Sad to see it burn.
Let me guess a lot of stained glass, paintings  woodwork, all lost.
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Re: Notre Dame in flames
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 11:09:27 pm »
Sad. They don't make buildings like that anymore.
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Re: Notre Dame in flames
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2019, 11:29:19 am »
One worry is the stones have been damaged so much by the fire
they may not be safe enough to rebuild. Fire softens the stone, so
they will have to test it.

They are already inside checking the structure and watch for fire
starting again.

They did save some of the relics, crown of thorns and a piece of
the cross, and others. Also some of the windows were not
destroyed. Also several of the paintings were removed in time to save them.
The big thing is to protect the remains from weather
damage.

Plans are to rebild the cathedral, but  it will likely take many
years before it's splendor is restored.

Already money is being pledged, over 400 million so far.
The building was in need of repair, so perhaps in a way it
will end up restored so it will last hundreds of years
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