‘An Absolute Tragedy’: Fire Engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral

‘An Absolute Tragedy’: Fire Engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral

Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.

'Basically the whole rooftop is gone.

USA soldiers are joyfully greeted by French women in the shadow of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, August 28, 1944, after the liberation of Paris in World War II.

One man now in the city wrote on Twitter: "Unreal. It's a part of our growing up, it's a part of our culture, it's a part of our lives".

"It's the soul of Paris; it's right in the centre". So seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral in flames was heartbreaking.

The French Civil Security service, possibly responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that firefighters "act quickly" and employ flying water tankers, said that was not an option as it might destroy the entire building.

Our thoughts are with those in Paris at this time. "Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher goal - to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own". "You don't see that anymore", William Capote said. Shocking news, ' another social media user said.

Paris-born Pahoia commercial tropical anthuriums grower Alain Billon said when he heard the news on the radio he could not believe what he was hearing.

'It just looks like it's out of control. As mentioned, weather conditions are favourable for firefighting, with moderate temperatures and no winds whipping up the flames, and an approaching cold front bringing potential rain to the area Tuesday morning (see below). I don't think it's getting better at all'. "And it burns. It burns and I know the sadness so many of our fellow French feel".

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'I've visited it so many times, but it will never be the same. "It's a real symbol of Paris".

"This cathedral Notre-Dame, we will rebuild", he wrote in French on Twitter.

"To be able to see that going up in flames, obviously it was heartbreaking for me", he said, "and I felt for everyone who I know who has been there, but also for the priests and the faithful in Paris who, during this Holy Week, are going to be experiencing Holy Week without the attractive church in Notre Dame".

"It's the memory of Paris, the stone ship that has traversed history", the historian Fabrice d'Almeida told France 2 television.

It was this spire which collapsed to gasps of disbelief from horrified onlookers shortly before 8:00 pm on Monday, consumed by the flames ravaging the roof and the wooden latice supporting it, known as the "forest". "Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn". As news of the fire's progression airs around the world, we cannot help but stay optimistic for the cathedral's recovery.

Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening.

During the French Revolution in the 18th century, the cathedral was vandalised in widespread anti-clerical violence: its spire was dismantled, its treasures plundered and its large statues at the grand entrance doors destroyed.

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages as well as one of the most beloved structures in the world.

Willis said the meaning of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral runs deep in the Catholic Church and they would be praying at Mass for those affected by the devastating fire.

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