Notre Dame is more than a symbol, it is the soul of France.

Notre-Dame de Paris is call Our Lady of Paris which means she has been one of the most enduring and symbolic monuments of the French capital and among the most celebrated cathedrals in Europe.

She is builded in 12th and 13th centuries, is considered one the world’s finest examples of gothic architecture, thanks to its pioneering use of rib vaults and flying buttresses, as well as its striking stained-glass rose windows.


From inside, you can see every effort by artisans who worked on the Cathédrale which how heartbreak to saw when it is burnd by fire. 

Every time when I off work, I always love to passed by to saw it and saw every tourist took their phone and camera to photo it as their memory and sometime I’ll go to inside to pray as every parisan  do. 

The cathedral was immortalised in popular culture by Victor Hugo in his Gothic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, later turned into a Disney film so I believe it would never ever disappear in every parisan mind.

Notre Dame is more than a symbol, it is the soul of France.

As you can see the image of the fire that it was discovered at 6.43pm local time at the base of the spire, which was constructed of wood and lead in the 19th century. However the flames quickly spread to the cathedral’s ribbed roof, made up of hundreds of oak beams, some dating back to the 13th century.

The 500 firefighters at the scene had battled to prevent the flames reaching the two belfry towers, where the cathedral bells hang. Miraculously they saved the edifice which Gabriel Plus, a spokesman for the Paris fire service, said: “We are satisfied and grateful that in risking their lives [firefighters] safeguarded the structure of the two belfries, the towers”.

Monseigneur Michel Aupetit, the archbishop of Paris, said “When we arrived yesterday evening we wanted to cry and people were crying around us because Notre Dame is a symbol; more than a symbol, it is the soul of France.”


Notre Dame will rise again

It is the cathedral of French cathedrals, with one of the longest and richest of histories, to many Parisians, the 850-year-old landmark is quite simply the heart of their city, its two Gothic square towers rising above surrounding buildings along the river Seine.

The former mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë could barely conceal his emotion saying “It’s an inestimable loss … Notre-Dame de Paris has to live. We must not resign ourselves to this … this is the heritage of all humanity.”

Our lady of paris, Notre Dame, she’ll require our patience for years to come. Until then, her ruins should stand as a reminder of how fragile our history is. I hope she will also inspire a new generation to learn the dying crafts that will eventually see her restored and keep the artistry alive. Here’s to our Notre Dame, who will continue to inspire even at her darkest moment

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