‘Notre-Dame Cathedral Engulfed in Flames.’
Today, the entire world watched on as The Notre-Dame de Paris was engulfed in flames.
Beginning in the early evening, the flames eventually tore through the roof, causing it to collapse, along with the spire. Luckily, the interior remains relatively intact, with volunteers and firefighters helping to preserve the majority of the relics inside – although some of the larger paintings are said to have been destroyed, according to local media sources.
Whether you’ve read about it, seen it on television, visited it in person or been told about it, chances are you know of The Notre-Dame Cathedral. It is world renowned for its incredible stained windows, sculptures and of course it Gothic Architecture. So much so, millions of people flock to Paris to visit the iconic Cathedral every year.
Beginning construction in 1160, The Notre-Dame Cathedral took over 180 years to build, and is now 856 years old. Over The Cathedral’s incredible history, it has held many functions, from The Crowing of King Henry IV as King of France (1431) to The Coronation of Napoleon I as Emperor of France (1804).
Along with its list of famous crowning and coronations, The Notre-Dame Cathedral has also stood the tests of time in other ways, further entrenching itself in French History.
In fact, this is not the first time in history that The Notre-Dame Cathedral has been damaged.
The Notre-Dame de Paris has survived the likes of The French Revolution (1789-1799), both World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945), a thwarted plot by Hitler himself to burn the city to the ground (1944), along with countless vandals over its hundred of years.
The Liberation of Paris from the Second World War was celebrated within the walls of The Notre-Dame Cathedral. If there was a ever a monument that could stand the test of time, with unwavering beauty, magnificence and resilience, it is The Notre-Dame de Paris.
If history tells us anything, this is not the end for The Notre-Dame de Paris, but rather another show of resilience.
The Notre-Dame de Paris has one thing on its side: History.
And the entire world knows it: