Notre Dame cathedral. Photo credit: Paris Info tourist office

A devastating fire broke out in Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday night, and the world watched in horror as this iconic city monument burned. Thankfully Paris’s brave firefighters were able to extinguish the flames late in the night, and save the structure from complete destruction. We are eternally grateful for their dedication.

Our team at France Media Group is shocked and saddened beyond words about this tragedy. But we have faith that Notre-Dame will be rebuilt, just as President Emmanuel Macron has vowed. International fundraising campaigns have already been announced. (Here is the website where you can make donations.)

To celebrate this great icon, our sister site Bonjour Paris has published “An Homage to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris” where several contributors have shared their memories and insights.

Dear reader, we would love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts about this symbolic monument. We will be creating a showcase in the magazine in homage to Notre-Dame, and would be honoured to feature your stories and photos. Please send them to the attention of our sister publication, Bonjour Paris: [email protected]

Notre Dame cathedral. Photo credit: Paris Info tourist office

 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. 1160 a.d is when they started to build Norte Dame. Can you imagine anything that old??? The endless generations of people who have walked there is mind blowing. I get it, it is not more important than the welfare of an individual. What I want you to understand is standing in this place can be, and was for me, an awareness of deep understanding that we human beings have walked this earth a very long time and there is a spiritual belief that there is an awesome God worthy of our praise and honor. No this is not how I would honor Him, but sooo many in the past did. To stand there was a moment in my life I will never forget and this devastation is distressing, personally for many.

  2. Beautiful Notre Dame! I was in tears at the news, as it happened on my birthday. But I am confident that Our Beautiful Lady will be restored to Her former glory. I am only hoping that dear Little Dedo has survived. Does anyone know of this?? Please post any news of the darling cross-toed gargoyle. Bonne chance à toi Notre Dame!!

  3. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit last year and were looking forward to being able to visit again this summer. We were in awe of size, strength, beauty, amount of stairs (ha-ha) and the energy of Notre Dame. The fire was a great tragedy. We know, in nature, fire allows new growth and new possibilities. My family and I will still visit this summer and we look forward to visiting again and again and again. Please donate a dollar, five dollars, 10 dollars or whatever you can afford. Don’t let the promises of people donating millions put you off from donating. This will be very costly. Let’s help France work around the clock to restore Our Magnificent Lady.

  4. Please let’s make sure the building is rebuilt to appear as much like the original as possible,. No different design for the Spire for example,

  5. Very sad over the Notre Dame fire. It is one of the great cultural icons of the world and part of the soul of Paris. C’est Magnifique! It will be restored. Our Lady prevails!

  6. I loved this place and visited often while living in Paris. The organ concerts were spectacular. The Cathedral was spectacular. I was in shock when i heard of this while driving and couldnt wait to get home to find out. This is such a treasured loss. So very sad

  7. Cathèdrale Notre Dame has always been a special place for me both religiously and aesthetically from the very first time I was a student in France and subsequent visits. The French are a resilient people and the Cathèdrale is an equally resilient building having survived two world wars. She is showing the ravages of time, age, and this latest disaster but she will survive.
    Prayers.

  8. I always regarded Notre Dame as the heart of Paris, in so many ways. I took my art class there one year to sketch the rose window and the intricate architecture. I am very sorrowful, but as an archaeologist, I must say that the ancient buildings and artifacts of Iraq, Syria and Libya were destroyed willfully, while Notre Dame was all but destroyed by a catastropheic event and in all likelihood will be restored through funding.

  9. I always regarded Notre Dame as the heart of Paris, in so many ways. I took my art class there one year to sketch the rose window and the intricate architecture. I am very sorrowful, but as an archaeologist, I must say that the ancient buildings and artifacts of Iraq, Syria and Libya were destroyed willfully, while Notre Dame was all but destroyed by a catastrophic event and in all likelihood will be restored through funding.

  10. It’s a relief to learn that the great Silbermann organ is unscathed. My recollections of it resonate like a Full Diapason, and the collection of J S Bach’s whole otgan oeuvre, recorded over 50 years ago by Lionel Rogg, has an honoured place in my library.

  11. It’s sad when great monuments are destroyed, as so many have been even not so long ago. I’m grateful to
    have seen Notre Dame a few times, especially since its a long way from home (Australia).
    However no one died, and that is the main thing. There are people starving and homeless on the streets of Paris and I hope any donors to the rebuild will also consider similar sized donations to relieve the suffering of other people. Without humanity there would be no great monuments, we must not ignore this fact.

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