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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2019 at 21:28
A true disaster, here's how it looked in 2006 from the side we see most TV footage this evening. I hope they can rebuild large parts, but it will take years and millions, and it will never be the same

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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2019 at 22:49
Pieter - A truly fitting image for tonight and all the bad news that it has brought. I can recall our Dyxum Meet there a few years ago and Julie asked 'did we go in' to which I replied "no; we thought we'd leave it to another visit in the future".

How telling that phrase is now for I fear I will never, ever, see this historic monument restored in my photographic lifetime. All we can hope is that there is no loss of life nor injury to anyone undertaking the battle against the blaze.

With a sad heart tonight, Neil.
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Let's burn a candle for 'Our Lady':



From our meet in 2015.
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As an american glad I got to see it a few years back. Sad an icon is gone
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Notre Dame Paris - heartbreaking news to wake up to.
Here are a few exterior and interior images from past visits.

Notre Dame carvings, Paris by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Notre Dame nave, Paris by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Notre Dame from aisle, Paris by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Notre Dame transept, Paris by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Notre Dame rose window, Paris by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

It will certainly be painstakingly restored, as has been the case with the great Gothic cathedrals at Reims, Rouen and Amiens, all of which suffered catastrophic damage during both World Wars, and have been reconstructed authentically and meticulously.
It will take many decades and millions of Euros, but I have no doubt it will be done. However, various precious artworks, artefacts and objects are lost for ever.
I was interested to read just now how badly damaged Notre Dame had been during the Hugenot riots and again desecrated after the French revolution, and that it had been semi derelict for many years until its restoration following its capturing of the public imagination through Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", and then the reconstructive work of Eugene Viollet-le-Duc who was responsible for that wonderful spire over the transept that has just collapsed in the fire.
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