The burning of Notre Dame

The world is sad today. Sad for the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Such a travesty. I am not a religious person, so I  am not sad for the “church” itself, but for the rich history, it holds.

I am sad for the loss of workmanship which is unlikely to ever be replicated.

I am sad for the destruction of the vast historical treasures held in the halls and vaults.

Sad for the loss of beauty and sad for the people of France for their loss of an important cultural archive.

When you think of France, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame are the first things that jump into your mind.

I visited Notre Dame in 2011 before I labelled myself a photographer. I wish I had done a better job back then capturing its beauty and majesty.

Farewell, beautiful lady. Will you rise like a phoenix? Will Paris rebuild you? Will those thousands and thousands of pieces of leadlight be carefully reconstructed into the glorious rosettes?

I hope so.

My thoughts are with you Paris.

 

(From more recent news reports it looks like the Cathedral has not been completely destroyed, but much of the structure is damaged.)

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