Notre Dame As It Was And Hopefully Will Again Become

The disastrous fire of  Monday 15 April almost destroyed the wonderful structure of 7 centuries and the religious centre of France and the focus of the rest of the world. Thanks to the brave firefighters the damage was minimised to what could have happened.

This article records the way it looked before the fire.

Article by Geoff Caine

In a hurry…Quick route to images.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, says it will be restored but will take 5 years to so do.

At 19:00 today  (Friday) donations from the public in France and around the world amounted to 600 million euros. Sounds a lot but the job is not just to be done by semi-skilled workers but by craftsmen who these days are rarely found.

The complex costs 100 million euros a year to maintain and  run!

It must be done nevertheless as it constitutes the emotional sole of Parisians, and the French population and many others around the world.

I’m sure funds will be available.

Looking on the positive side, the restoration should involve the employment of young apprentices to learn the skills of yesteryear.

I have lived in Paris and so very much empathise with the French people.

You can donate here.

View some wonderful images of the Cathedral before the fire.

Facts

Wikipedia states:

Groundbreaking 1163
Completed 1345
Length 128 m (420 ft)
Width 48 m (157 ft)
Number of towers 2
Tower height 69 m (226 ft)
Number of spires 1 (destroyed by fire)
Spire height 91.44 metres (300.0 ft) (formerly)[1]
Bells 10

Article by Geoff Caine

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