Paris Cathedral Notre Dame engulfed by fire :(

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  1. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    The news just broke around an hour ago. It is very saddening, especially since I never got to visit. :(

    This is my only picture of the Cathedral, taken from the Eiffel Tower.


    Construction on the Cathedral began under King Louis VII. Here is a Parisian denier struck during his reign.

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    Feel free to post your Parisian coins or anything related.
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  3. roman99

    roman99 Well-Known Member

    I don't think its actually destroyed at the moment, so far the spire has collapsed. Almost guaranteed the French are going to do "restoration work", that could mean anything from building a new spire, to a total reconstruction. Still a great loss of historical importance.
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  4. benveniste

    benveniste Type Type

    I had a hunch someone would post about this.
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  5. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I am glad I had the chance to visit. It was a day I will never forget. Such an incredible building. I hope it is not a total loss.

    Here is another coin type of Louis VII. Yes, it is my coin.

    Louis VII.jpg
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  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

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  7. seth77

    seth77 Well-Known Member

    Very likely the interior is lost too. This is a shame and a tragedy.
  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Amen-Ra-Hotep

  9. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    It's such a shame. To survive as long as it has, and to survive things like a World War...

    I was there two months ago and stayed right across the street with a lovely view of it. I'm glad at least my kids got to see it as it was. I am sure it will take decades and maybe much more to restore it.
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  10. dadams

    dadams Well-Known Member

    Very Sad, I had the pleasure of visiting in the millennial year.

    FRANCE, Provincial. Lorraine (duché).
    Thiébaud II. 1303-1312. AR Double Denier (17mm, 1.02 g, 3h). Nancy mint.
    Obv: +T DV X LOTOR ЄGIЄ, knight on caparisoned horse charging right; annulet stops
    Rev: MOИЄTA D Є ИAИCЄI, sword flanked by eagles.
    Ref: De Saulcy pl.III, 16; Boudeau 1456; Roberts –.

    FRANCE, Third Republic.
    AR 1 Franc (23mm, 5.0g, .1342ASW).
    Obv: REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE, La semeuse (the Sower) sowing seed.
    Rev: LIBERTE·EGALITE·FRATERNITE, Leafy branch in field dividing denomination, 1
    FRANC, above and date, 1920, below.
    Ref: KM#844.1
  11. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    I am absolutely horrified. I have been to this building twice and I really liked to spend time there. It was quiet ( more or less) dark and the eye always seemed to find a place that was beautiful. This is a very sad day IMG_3020.JPG IMG_3022.JPG
  12. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    Very sad - I've been there a few times, last time was in 2000.



    From a boat...


  13. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    The river "Seine" is just a few yards beside the cathedral. Its waters couldn't do much to save It. Shall be rebuilt and restored to look better than before.
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  14. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

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  15. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    It is indeed a tragedy
    Notre Dame is (was) one of the most visited place in Paris, together with the tour Eiffel

    The last picture I've taken of it, six months ago, while visiting my son in Paris


    :( Q
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  16. Dave M

    Dave M Francophiliac

  17. roman99

    roman99 Well-Known Member

    What if they rebuilt the Notre Dame as a megachurch?
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  18. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter


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    Denier of Odo (888-898), who defended the Île de la Cité against the Vikings, and moved the French capital to Paris.
  19. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    One of my favorite sites visited. Been there a few times, once over Christmas. I am heart-sick over this travesty.

    I am very saddened.

    Here are a couple coins celebrating important historical periods of French History.

    FRANCE PHILIPPE IV LE BEL CE 1285-1314 AR 25mm GROS TOURNOIS À L'O ROND AR 25mm DUPLESSY 213 - Killed off Knights Templar Friday 13 October 1307

    France Napoleon Emperor 2 Francs 1808-I Limoges mint Republic Rev AU55.JPG
    France Napoleon Emperor 2 Francs 1808-I Limoges mint Republic Rev AU55
    Ex: The Frenchman @Cucumbor
  20. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    A tragedy! It survived many wars. All of those beautiful stained glass windows were likely destroyed. I visited the cathedral in the 1970's and was in awe of it's grandeur. The thought of it makes me feel ill.
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  21. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    The glass melted apparently. Beyond aweful.
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