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Huge fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

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aviador wrote: Stones that are heated in a large fire and then quenched with cold water might develop cracks (which weakens them structurally), some of the original material might not be strong enough for use during a reconstruction.

It doesn't look good. The Guardian UK has some pictures showing the damage. It's huge.

I wonder the cause of the fire: prayer candles? (are these still allowed?); maintenance mishap (from renovation works)?
Sigh, it does look like that the building cannot be saved, the interior minister has also said something similar. What a loss and that too on during Easter time...I am not even from this religion and yet I am really sad. :(
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very upset by this. had the chance to tour the inside of the cathedral a couple of years ago and opted not to.

a good reason not to put off travelling to see precious monuments. just never know when disaster can strike.
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Wow. Very unfortunate. This would strike a harder national blow than if the CN Tower or Parliament Hill was gutted here.
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DelusionalDiva wrote: Sigh, it does look like that the building cannot be saved, the interior minister has also said something similar. What a loss and that too on during Easter time...I am not even from this religion and yet I am really sad. :(
Oh man, just remembered that it is Holy Week. So sad.
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If there's any consolation:



"All works of art saved, religious artifacts intact". Smiling Face With Open Mouth
DiceMan wrote: Wow. Very unfortunate. This would strike a harder national blow than if the CN Tower or Parliament Hill was gutted here.
24 Sussex could go and I don't think anybody would care.. Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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This is very sad news for me to hear about this.

Even though I'm not Catholic, nor do I have any formal religion. I did once upon a time do confession privately at this very place for about 45 minutes. It was a very long time ago, when I was a lot younger than I am today. LOL
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Mr_Fanta wrote: This is very sad news for me to hear about this.

Even though I'm not Catholic, nor do I have any formal religion. I did once upon a time do confession privately at this very place for about 45 minutes. It was a very long time ago, when I was a lot younger than I am today. LOL
I was raised Catholic turned agnostic/atheist. You dont really have to be a religious person to appreciate these kinds of unique churches.

Its pretty much a work of art being destroyed.

I cant imagine how soothing it is to listen to a choir or an opera singer inside that church.

Its a shame.
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What's ironic is that the cathedral was in great disrepair and conservationists were warning that if they couldn't raise €100 million within the next 10 years the whole thing could collapse. (It is government-owned but the diocese was responsible for upkeep.)

Now Macron says they will rebuild it, but at what cost?
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Dang I bet the devil did it.
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cheapmeister wrote: Dang I bet the devil did it.
More likely god as punishment for all the impropriety in the catholic church.
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Do you think there is enough Catholic fervor in France these days for them to be able to raise enough money to rebuild it to its former splendour?
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Such a terrible tragedy, and sad that it happened during Holy Week.
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lecale wrote: What's ironic is that the cathedral was in great disrepair and conservationists were warning that if they couldn't raise €100 million within the next 10 years the whole thing could collapse. (It is government-owned but the diocese was responsible for upkeep.)

Now Macron says they will rebuild it, but at what cost?
Doesn't the RC Church have an insane amount of money? They could fund the entire reconstruction on its own.
lecale wrote: Do you think there is enough Catholic fervor in France these days for them to be able to raise enough money to rebuild it to its former splendour?
I think it's more than a Catholic thing, although most of the country is at least nominally Catholic. This is a national symbol and monument to the glory of their nation.

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