Words and Photos for a Devastated Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Words and Photos for a Devastated Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

A devastating fire broke out in Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday night, and the world watched in horror as this iconic city monument burned. Thankfully Paris’s brave firefighters were able to extinguish the flames late in the night, and save the structure from complete destruction. We are eternally grateful for their dedication.

Our team at France Media Group is shocked and saddened beyond words about this tragedy. But we have faith that Notre-Dame will be rebuilt, just as President Emmanuel Macron has vowed. International fundraising campaigns have already been announced. (Here is the website where you can make donations.)

To celebrate this great icon, our sister site Bonjour Paris has published “An Homage to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris” where several contributors have shared their memories and insights.

Dear reader, we would love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts about this symbolic monument. We will be creating a showcase in the magazine in homage to Notre-Dame, and would be honoured to feature your stories and photos. Please send them to the attention of our sister publication, Bonjour Paris: [email protected].

Notre Dame cathedral. Photo credit: Paris Info tourist office


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  • Etiennette Fennell
    2019-04-20 09:07:25
    Etiennette Fennell
    I no longer live in Paris but Paris being my home town, Notre Dame has always had a very special place in my heart. I used to teach about this magnificent edifice to Australian students and took several groups of students over to Paris to see the cathedral. Yes, it will be rebuilt but please do not allow modern structures to replace the roof spire. That would be criminal.. There are no doubt many architects waiting to become famous who might inflict some hideous modern structure on the roof. Let them build modern but please, please, let them start from scratch, somewhere else: not on that wondrous old structure.


    • Jackie Craig
      2019-04-21 15:30:47
      Jackie Craig
      I agree with you completely, Etiennette. A modernist rebuilding would be criminal indeed, I would vow never to visit Paris again if they disfigure Notre Dame in that way. I once went to Monte Cassino, that had been beautifully restored to its original state after being almost destroyed in the war. Let us show similar respect to the magnificent skill of the medieval builders by restoring Notre Dame to its former glory. I was so shocked to see this tragedy unfold and my heart goes out to Paris and France.