April 16, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: The future of 850 years of history

Martina MarkotaRebel Contributor

Last night, the Notre Dame Cathedral burned in Paris, threatening the future of this 856-year old landmark.

The cathedral was built over the course of two hundred years, starting in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII.

Completed in 1345, the building itself is an architectural wonder, with its innovative rib vaults and weight-bearing flying buttresses.

Over the centuries, the cathedral fell into disrepair until Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame brought a renewed interest in the magnificent structure, an interest that has never waned since.

Today the Cathedral is surrounded by a barricade as the investigation into the causes of the fire and its damage to the art, architecture, relics and engravings held inside can be undertaken.

Many of the most precious items were rescued by firefighters, police and churchmen who formed a human chain to ferry the objects to safety while putting themselves at risk.

For all our coverage of the Notre Dame tragedy and to help us cover the costs of this reporting, please go to RebelParis.com.

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commented 2019-04-16 22:51:40 -0400
They’re not saying much about the cause of the fire, but it seems pretty suspicious in light of the many church arsons throughout France, and this being Holy Week, the most important time of the year for Christians. We wonders, yes we wonders.
commented 2019-04-16 16:42:40 -0400
Looks like; ‘Some People Again Did Something’.
commented 2019-04-16 16:41:49 -0400
Here the Allah Akbar cheers from ‘spectactors’ (starts at 3:36 on video)

Macron will help rebuild Notre Dame into “something more appropriate in our diverse modern times”

commented 2019-04-16 16:29:27 -0400
I am glad that I had an opportunity to see it intact but it breaks my heart that generations to come won’t have it. I hope they can rebuild it, but it will never be the same, and what of many of the artifacts. We need to do a better job at protecting our Churches and historical buildings, statues and artifacts.