Following the fire which destroyed a large portion of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, April 15, many online are looking back at the structures storied history and singular significance both in Paris and around the world.
- Construction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral began in 1163; completed in 1345. - It's the most-visited monument in Fr… https://t.co/vV5ZM84x2v— WSB-TV (@WSB-TV) 1555351742.0
The spire of #NotreDame is aflame - it’s utterly gut wrenching to watch. Gothic architecture was a feat of miraculo… https://t.co/8DjjqgP5s3— Greg Jenner (@Greg Jenner) 1555350390.0
Everything in Paris is very literally measured from Notre Dame.
Notre Dame is the heart of Paris. Not the Eiffel Tower, but Notre Dame. Outside her 850-years-old facade is a mark… https://t.co/CeS7h7Eufb— Sarah Hina (@Sarah Hina) 1555350276.0
In France, distances are officially measured from a "point zero" directly in front of Notre Dame. The cathedral is… https://t.co/z4SEr89J2V— David A. Bell (@David A. Bell) 1555353032.0
Everything surrounding the ancient cathedral is steeped in historical significance.
The tall thin statue in the foreground is St Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, who led a mass prayer to protect… https://t.co/6MuAgS7B6f— Heidi N. Moore (@Heidi N. Moore) 1555352273.0
Notre-Dame’s construction started in 1163 and it was opened in 1345 - it took almost 200 years to complete. It’s a… https://t.co/Qf2nEcQYGt— George Aylett (@George Aylett) 1555351816.0
The great irony of the fire is that it was likely caused by an accident during renovations.
Video of restoration work at Notre Dame Cathedral posted just three days ago https://t.co/DCtieT8eWE— Jeffrey Cook (@Jeffrey Cook) 1555352829.0
Little bit of history about the gargoyles and #NotreDame itself. “By the time Notre-Dame was finished in 1345, doze… https://t.co/yIaIvH8bP0— Aylan Couchie (@Aylan Couchie) 1555352700.0
The building is known not only as an important landmark for catholics, but also as a masterpiece of the era's gothic architecture.
Just TWO DAYS AGO, I took out my notes from my gothic architecture class and reread my notes on Notre Dame 😭😭 https://t.co/92Kqnes5es— lil bork bork 💜 (@lil bork bork 💜) 1555351797.0
Countless important historical events are connected to Notre Dame's iconic towers.
Notre Dame is not merely a church or the cathedral of the #Paris archdiocese. It is the soul of #France. Henry VI o… https://t.co/mHFCCdtylG— (((Mike Glenn))) (@(((Mike Glenn)))) 1555351769.0
Notre Dame was built in the 13th century, but it was ransacked in the French Revolution and largely rebuilt in the… https://t.co/kZ9ZnFFKgl— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻) 1555351555.0
From the coronation of Henry VI in the middle of the Hundred Years War, to the coronation of Naoleon, to the libera… https://t.co/HA2ogv9YRT— Nathan McDermott (@Nathan McDermott) 1555351424.0
To some people, the loss caused by this fire will be felt for many years to come.
I’m a Catholic whose French grandfather didn’t speak English until kindergarten. Notre Dame isn’t just a pretty bui… https://t.co/WDxCCEqZVs— Ellen L. Carmichael (@Ellen L. Carmichael) 1555354574.0
Historian Camille Pascal sounded almost in tears when he recounted on French TV what Notre Dame’s significance to F… https://t.co/ZsPwatOxPp— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast) 1555351850.0
My heart is weeping! Iconic Gothic architecture!! This Cathedral has survived the middle age, the French Revolution… https://t.co/x5tLPc52Px— Deha B (@Deha B) 1555351354.0
Thankfully, the inner appearance of Notre Dame has been captured by artists and scientists in several different forms over the years, which will surely aid in the rebuilding effort.
The artists who worked on Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame were allowed private access into the Cathedral and o… https://t.co/Mvg1kRN1jx— Emma Chapple (@Emma Chapple) 1555354648.0
I know this doesn't help, but we have exquisite 3D laser maps of every detail of Notre Dame, thanks to the incredib… https://t.co/Iw6LJpxZEG— Hannah Groch-Begley (@Hannah Groch-Begley) 1555351860.0
Notre Dame has been rebuilt before, and it will be rebuilt again.
There is a lot being said about Notre Dame standing since 1260. That is true. But it has experienced violence befor… https://t.co/eJv7aaE1Au— Heidi N. Moore (@Heidi N. Moore) 1555353145.0
This is just a sample of the violence that Notre Dame has been through. Each time it was rebuilt, most notably by V… https://t.co/xqYLbgw0uE— Heidi N. Moore (@Heidi N. Moore) 1555353440.0
The cathedral will emerge on the other side of this tragedy, stronger than ever before.
This fire feels like an unimaginable violence, a devastation. It is. Any lover of Paris (and we are legion) is in t… https://t.co/4dyGaNiZ0G— Heidi N. Moore (@Heidi N. Moore) 1555353590.0