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"The Notre Dame is on fire.", 9 days ago, 5:49 PM #1
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There's a huge fire at the Notre Dame.

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9 days ago, 5:57 PM #2
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How horrible! Another monumental icon is now history...

It's painful enough to see WTC in some movies, now this.
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9 days ago, 6:06 PM #3
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They'll definitely repair the cathedral but it will take decades to properly restore it. The roof has already collapsed and one of the towers is gone.
9 days ago, 6:09 PM #4
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So I heard. Is it a historic moment we're living?? The End of Notre Dame??
Hopefully they'll manage to end the fire, it must be their top priority. I love how politics quickly comment "yes I'm here this is terrible" but to be honest we just need firemen on this case.
Anyway go save Notre Dame! tululu tululu~ β™ͺ


Edit: Oh so Macron cancelled everything to go there!! OMG thank you for this Mr. President, you're a life saver
Okay maybe I gotta stop being ironic, I dunno
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I'd guess in theory, the Notre Dame, (being one of the most famous church buildings in the world after all) is well-documented enough that the destroyed parts can be faithfully recreated. However, that will certainly cost quite a fortune. Let's hope that the fire will be put out soon!
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9 days ago, 6:27 PM #6
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To be fair, both me and my mother were horrified once we learned about it. It always pains us to see historical pieces such at the Notre Dame in peril.
(But the snarky inner part of me kept singing "Like fire! Hellfire!")
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The main structure is stone, I imagine it won't be too hard to repair. It looks to me like it's mainly the roof structure and interior furnishings burning. Old stone cathedrals like that are pretty fire-resistant - many were easily rebuilt after firebombings in WW2.

Don't get me wrong, it sucks and it's going to do *some* permanent damage, but there's good odds that it won't be too far gone to repair.
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GMan003:It looks to me like it's mainly the roof structure and interior furnishings burning.


Well then again one of the towers did fall so...
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9 days ago, 7:04 PM #9
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Of course it happens when they are 'fixing' it. This happened to a historic theater where I live- the community raised tens of thousands of dollars to restore it, and after most of the money was spent, it burned down. It's now a parking lot, but the old sign is up in front of it.

I wonder if we will now see the Notre Dame Luxury Apartments or the Notre Dame Mall.
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I'll be in Paris next week and my rented apartment is 200m away from Notre Dame.

Also a shame since it's such a valuable historical landmark that I wanted to visit badly since I was a kid. :(
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9 days ago, 7:09 PM #11
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I hope they save it. It is a beautiful landmark and it has inspired many people for generations.
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9 days ago, 7:11 PM #12
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Eaton Pye:Of course it happens when they are 'fixing' it. This happened to a historic theater where I live- the community raised tens of thousands of dollars to restore it, and after most of the money was spent, it burned down. It's now a parking lot, but the old sign is up in front of it.

I wonder if we will now see the Notre Dame Luxury Apartments or the Notre Dame Mall.


It's Catholic's Holy Week. Lots of services going on, and Catholics love their candles. Honestly, kind of surprising Notre Dame's lasted this long without a major fire.

Nobody would be burning it down to build anything else (even if it wasn't owned by the church). It's one of the biggest tourist attractions in one of the biggest tourist cities on the planet, that would be like bulldozing the Leaning Tower or the Statue of Liberty. You could level it down to bedrock, and it would still be worth rebuilding.

The only motive I can think of for arson would be terrorism. Either ISIS or another jihadist group, or some neo-nazis hoping the muslims will get blamed for it. But I don't think either of those situations are all that likely, compared to "one of the ten thousand candles in the building got knocked over, caught a rug on fire, the rug caught a curtain on fire, the curtain caught a rafter on fire, next thing we knew the roof was burning down".
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9 days ago, 7:21 PM #13
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I don't think this is arson at all. Officials are saying it's likely linked to the renovations. There are always risks when working on old buildings, due to wiring, flammable materials like grease, oil, and paint, and yes, candles and such.

I'm hearing that just... all the stained glass is gone. All of it.



Absolutely devastating.
9 days ago, 7:22 PM #14
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Kelsey -Nutty- P.:I don't think this is arson at all. Officials are saying it's likely linked to the renovations. There are always risks when working on old buildings, due to wiring, flammable materials like grease, oil, and paint, and yes, candles and such.

I'm hearing that just... all the stained glass is gone. All of it.



Absolutely devastating.


That is so sad. We lost something this beautiful.
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Yeah, the stained glass is the treasure and the thing that is going to be extremely difficult if not impossible to replace. This is seriously tragic.
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9 days ago, 7:34 PM #16
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UNESCO has already stated that they will help with whatever restoration that is needed.

The Notre Dame is one of the most studied buildings in France. They have all the architectural plans needed for a faithful restoration. It's still gonna take a very long time but we will see it restored in our lifetime.
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I hope it can be fixed, but sadly, my instinct is telling me that this was an attack not an accident.
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Product Placement:UNESCO has already stated that they will help with whatever restoration that is needed.

The Notre Dame is one of the most studied buildings in France. They have all the architectural plans needed for a faithful restoration. It's still gonna take a very long time but we will see it restored in our lifetime.


That's so comforting, thank you, honestly. I've also seen word that all the artwork from inside the building was saved after all, just not the windows.

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MK_Wizard:I hope it can be fixed, but sadly, my instinct is telling me that this was an attack not an accident.


Please don't assume this right away. This is exactly how rumors and misinformation gets started. Please wait for an official statement.
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oh wow that sucks. I hope this is merely an accident, not yet another terrorist attack.

at least there doesn't seem to be any human casualties.

that stained glass though :(
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9 days ago, 7:58 PM #20
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Repairs, what a joke.
They can't finish la maldita Sagrada, hostia...
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