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Monday, 15 April 2019


My ancestors were Huguenot ... None the less Notre Dame is a monument to the mason's art. It's only fair that the perpetrator should suffer a grisly 900 year old punishment.

Very sad to see this happening but pleased that so far no fatalities have been recorded.

My partner & I run a stained glass business & are involved in quite a few church restorations. You wouldn't believe how many churches we encounter which have been fire damaged. The event is extremely upsetting for the congregation & community involved.

But, at the end of the day unless Notre Dame completely collapses it'll be repaired. As Mike stated it's been restored before.

Check this out:


At the moment we have some 450 year old fire damaged windows in our workshop from a Tudor mansion which was badly damaged in an arson attack. Restoration work should be completed later this year ( three and a half years after the fire ).

Fingers crossed for Notre Dame.

Shocking and sad. There are things one thinks will always be. Not so. Not on this crazy planet.

Yeah, you don't have to be French or religious to find this a sad event, it's a historical building coming to an end. Apparently the main parts of the structure have been saved, and while it seems rebuilding is doable it'll not be quite the same and some content will be lost forever.

If nothing else, a new generation will have the opportunity to learn skills in masonry, carpentry and stained glass during the restoration, the same way these skills were passed on when York Minister burned.

While I'm not religious at all the clip i saw of the spire falling did bring a tear to the eye.

Mike, I hope you didn't get in too much trouble for the photo you earlier posted. It was a great photo, and much better than the various others I had seen. I guess if it's happening today it can't be Fair Use? Or something.

I was lucky enough to have visited the cathedral years ago, I was surprised that the actual church atea was smaller than St. Patricks in New York. But the details made it much more impressive. I am very saddened about this tragedy. And I can imagine that this will make so many french cry and grieve like it was an actual person.

A tragedy. Another one to add to the recent fire in the Rio de Janeiro Library, where many precious archives have been lost.

It is a unique photographic quality of the Notre-Dame that it looks good in any picture.


It might not be as bad as was first feared...

I agree with Manuel's sentiment, but Chartres is actually to the southwest of Paris. Normandy is northwest.

I am not a “believer”, I am not a religious person. But having been at Notre Dame only days ago, and resting just across the street from the east end at the site of the renovation, yesterday’s events hit me in the gut. It was the second such surreal Paris experience in a matter of days, the other being meeting Peter on the street the same day as I was at Notre Dame.

The video of Parisians singing a hymn as the cathedral burned will forever haunt me, a tragically beautiful union of hearts.

The building is in very bad shape. According to some reports even the stone work needs extensive work. The spear had already been replaced once so the thing is a work in progress, which most old buildings are.

What is interesting is how the French identify with Notre-Dame, culture being what it is, yet very little is said of what this means to Catholics. Yep, I know France was a Catholic state, but that was the past.

[Good point. That is addressed in Ross Douthat's column, linked in the next post. --Mike]

One of the saddest things about the terrible Notre Dame tragedy is that it followed on a series of similar ones - York Minster, Windsor Castle, Glasgow School of Art twice (famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece) all of which were in the process of major repairs and renovations ... and the infernos were in each case credibly attributed to human failings in the course of these works.
I draw no conclusions from that fact but wonder what additional steps could have been taken - in addition to what at the time was deemed sufficient - to safeguard these different and disparate treasures. Personally I would rate Notre Dame as of preeminent significance among these but we can scarce afford to lose any such heritage and whatever it would have taken would have been far less expensive in money and lost originality than what now will follow.

What is photography? The picture by Brooke Windsor of the pre-fire cathedral with the "daddy swinging his little girl" (to borrow a line from a Johnny Cash song) - to me that's photography. An ordinary slice of life that has taken on additional meaning because of what followed. What more do you need? That is my answer to the question in your previous post.

(I am not downplaying or ignoring the awful damage to the magnificent and historic cathedral, but just reacting to the juxtaposition of that picture just a bit above the previous blog post's headline, "What Is Photography?")

I find it so sad that the world pours its heart out and donates millions to restore an old building (beautiful as it was) but we can't do the same to save out planet and natural world for our children...


Real people are dying in parts of the world we ignore and yet people are mourning over a stupid OLD building. Ugh! Despicable.

Millions are being pledged to rebuild but the government of France can’t find jobs for it’s people.

Disgusting. Humanity is lost.

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