Saddened by the devastating fire at the historic Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris – a religious symbol and World treasure. Tears for ‘Our Lady of Paris.’ (Tuesday, April 16, 2019)

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“The Gothic of Verona is far nobler than that of Venice;

and that of Florence nobler than that of Verona.

… that of Notre Dame of Paris is the noblest of all.”

  • The Seven Lamps of Architecture by John Ruskin


The day was bright and filled with leisure hours. We would not have wished to be anywhere else in the world on that day but in the grand Cathédrale of Notre-Dame in Paris, the capital of elegance and art. With the presence of our daughter Bianca, the last few days had swiftly accelerated and rolled away quickly. She was absolutely vibrant. Having visited the central landmarks and point of identification, viz., the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Sacré-Cœur, The Louvre and Mona Lisa, all of which has been absorbed into the tradition of Paris, we had decided to take her to other blessedly French…

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15 thoughts on “NOTRE DAME WILL STAND

  1. Shocked! I still see us attending Mass at this beautiful cathedral and looking with awe at the magnificent treasures it housed. When will the people of this great city and all the millions of visitors be able to do this again?

  2. Words do not come easily, Jo. This has been such a devastating event leaving many grieving and shocked.
    It has, at least, a silver lining with so many offering their wealth and their services towards the rebuilding efforts. Hopefully, the best of human nature will rise.
    Much Love to you, Dear Jo.

  3. Fires, not desirable, but that sort of thing happens in old buildings, but as well as you are, I am convinced it will be repaired, and very likely the restoration will be better than the one done in 1844-1864 by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc. That at the time they didn’t have the resources we have now, to do a better job, with more fidelity to the old craftsmen who originally build it. 🙂

    • Thank you, Mr. Brigido. Yes, Europe values the creative conservation of built heritage – and naturally, the scheduled restoration of this historical edifice to its original glory respecting its various states of preservation. That accomplishment no doubt underlines the relevant role heritage architecture can still play in modern society.

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