Paris Cathedral Notre Dame engulfed by fire :(

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  1. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    The building, alas, is beyond repair.

    My family lived in Paris 1957 to 1960. We had a cousin visit us in the summer of 1959, and we gave her the grand tour—Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur and, of course, Notre Dame. I inherited a set of water color paintings purchased then and there that includes all of these, and they are among my most prized possessions.

    I came to tears at this most devastating loss.
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  3. cmezner

    cmezner Well-Known Member

    It is just heart-breaking.

    The news say that a spark from an oxy acetylene torch fell on one of the wooden beams that were covered with tar!

    Beautiful pictures of Notre Dame, thank you all very much for sharing. Downloaded them for remembrance.
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  4. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Ancient Coin Collectors Guild Supporter

    The horror :eek: I prefer churches where everybody knows your name :angelic:
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  5. atcarroll

    atcarroll Well-Known Member

    Heh heh, hunch
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  6. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    I saw some of the early photos of the interior. The roof collapse merely fell onto the stone ceiling, which broke through in just a few places. A surprising amount of the interior seems rather unscathed. Perhaps the stained glass windows below the ceiling (which includes all of the famous ones) would have been spared.

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  7. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Hopefully the interior isn't as bad as initially thought.
  8. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    My wife and I spent a few days in Paris before the kids came along... one of our best days involved sitting at a cafe (having a cold beer was a HOT day) right across the cobbles from Notre Dame and enjoying the view. A temple of Jupiter stood on the site before the cathedral so a very historic place (to say the least).
    One thing that struck me was that there were no (intentionally) intimidating steps to get up into the church.. it's doors were at street level - which I found unusual for such a grand building..and very welcoming.


    Domitian, 81 - 96 AD
    AE Sestertius, Rome Mint, 35mm, 30.75 grams
    Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GER M COS XIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head of Domitian right.
    Reverse: IOVI VICTORI S C, Jupiter seated left holding Victory and scepter.
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  9. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Very sad. I also had a chance to visit it.
  10. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    The efforts of the fire fighters were enormous, as well as their sacrifices. Most of the artifacts were sheltered and rescued. Also the 2 towers remained standing.
    I chose 3 pictures that I've long kept as a souvenir from France.
    1- Sarcophagus of Saint Maximin
    2-Crypt of Saint Victor in Marseille
    3-Volusian - Christian Inscription from the Museum of Borely in Marseille

    Mximin 001.jpg victor 001.jpg volusian 001.jpg
  11. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    It appears tgat most of the stained glass windows have indeed survived.

  12. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    I'm so happy to learn that more than a billion Euros have been pledged to rebuild this most important world icon.
  13. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Roma Invicta

    My sister just told me Notre Dame was built on top of a temple to Isis. Not really surprising as sacred places often are recycled. Glad that the damage appears to be repairable. With over 1 billion euros in funding commitments it should be a very nice rebuild.
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  14. cmezner

    cmezner Well-Known Member

    according to wikipedia: "It is believed that before the period of Christianity in France, a Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter stood on the site of Notre-Dame." ;)
  15. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Roma Invicta

    Maybe she is wrong. She also told me that it was dedicated to Osiris before Isis, which I thought was probably not Osiris but could have been Serapis. But I suppose it could easily have been Jupiter. Not sure what source she was quoting and I'm working today so I haven't had a chance to google it.
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  16. Alegandron

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

    Hmmm... without looking it up, and since Romans stole religions and/or religious sites, I imagine the Gauls/Celts had a DRUID sanctioned shrine or alter before.

    Celts were always discriminated against or forgotten, cuz the Romans made it a mission to eradicate anything Druid or belief/religion of the ancient Celts...

    They were killed off and driven out of Europe, only to live out in the fringes like Wales, Scotland, Eire, Brittany, Man, Cornwall...

    Remember Ynys Môn! (Anglesey)
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  17. Ryro

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  18. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    I’m not worried with the future reconstruction of Notre Dame de Paris. A hundred years ago, Reims Cathedral was badly damage by a fire. The lead in the roofing melted and the wooden interior was destroyed. Restoration work began in 1919, under the direction of architect Henri Deneux. The structure was rebuild using a revolutionary technique for this time : reinforced concrete. This new material was lighter than the wood and also fireproof. I would even say that the style of the 13th century building was finally preserved.
    After the terrible fire in 1914

    The new reinforced concrete structure
  19. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    I hear ya... I was pushed all the way to Canada (via Eire)!!

    P.S. I want it rebuilt like everyone else... but a billion Euro? Maybe build a few hospitals..
  20. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    Or feed a few poor
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