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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:08 PM

I can't stop crying over Notre Dame.

I've never been there, but I feel as if my heart has been ripped.

I'm an art historian and one of my specializations is medieval art, so I know a lot about Notre Dame de Paris.
And, I've visited many Gothic cathedrals across Europe, although not that one in particular.

I spent my class time today discussing the importance of these buildings to their communities, then and now.

Notre Dame has been the icon of Paris for much longer than the Eiffel Tower.

It's where the Hunchback lived. It's where the people of Paris celebrated liberation from the Nazis. It's where people fled to pray during the terror attacks of November 2015 (although the cathedral was briefly closed while the attacks were happening, in case it became a target as well).

It survived several French revolutions (not unscathed, but survived) and two world wars.

I just can't believe it's gone.

Of course, what I feel is a drop in the bucket compared to many others.

One colleague of mine who studied at the Sorbonne and lived in Paris worshiped there regularly. When I told her she refused to believe me. She said she's in shock but when it wears off she'll fall apart completely.

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Reply I can't stop crying over Notre Dame. (Original post)
Coventina Apr 15 OP
Sherman A1 Apr 15 #1
applegrove Apr 15 #2
Greywing Apr 15 #3
Big Blue Marble Apr 15 #4
handmade34 Apr 15 #5
Raine Apr 15 #6
pansypoo53219 Apr 15 #7
proud patriot Apr 15 #8
PupCamo Apr 15 #9
Hekate Apr 15 #10
rsdsharp Apr 16 #11

Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:12 PM

1. It is indeed very sad

and certainly a horrible time for those who are as you Art Historians, Historians and alike. I believe that I heard that not all is lost and that it will be rebuilt, so perhaps a ray of hope in a very sad moment.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:13 PM

2. They were showing a photo of the alter after the fire was out. It looks structurally

sound. Devastating.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:18 PM

3. I've been in absolute tears since the news broke ...

the main structure may have been saved but the historical art that no doubt has been lost is just devastating. I've always planned on going to Paris to see Notre Dame. I thought I would have time to go now that my retirement is just a couple of years away. Now I will never see Our Lady as she was.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:18 PM

4. So many of us feel this grief.

This is a desolating loss for our human family, for us all. We will recover; the cathedral will
be. rebuilt, but much of loss is forever.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:19 PM

5. ...

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:26 PM

6. I feel the same, I've never been there either and

now I guess I'll never see it as it was.

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Response to Raine (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:00 PM

7. luckily it looks like the ceiling arches saved the interior. some survived the attic fire.

hope they can tarp + shore up the arches.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:12 PM

8. I shed tears today too

I thought of the Library of Alexandria Today ...

I thought of the twin towers today ..

Raw emotion of great loss .. a loss to all of us ..

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:14 PM

9. I'm still in shock over the whole thing

I just don't know what to say about it

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:25 PM

10. I know

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:14 PM

11. My wife called me about noon local time yesterday.

She was in tears as well.

She's not Catholic, has never been to France, let alone Notre Dame, and unlike you, is not an art historian.

Nevertheless, she was sobbing.

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