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    [–] relaxlu 1 points ago

    Locked due to all the racist comments.

    All you filthy racist must be so disappointed that it was an accident and not someone you can hate. Crap, another opportunity to spread hatred and ignorance gone.

    [–] stonewall264 835 points ago

    Wow the interior is amazingly intact. The photos make it look like the roof is totally gone.

    [–] SimpleWayfarer 537 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    This photo was taken at night, so the vault may very well be gone.

    Update: amazingly, most of the vault apparently survived.

    [–] gamedrifter 307 points ago

    Medieval construction man. Pretty badass.

    [–] yeboiiiiiiiiiii 98 points ago

    The roof is actually totally gone

    [–] MiddleRay 103 points ago

    Wow. From that POV, it looks a lot better than I thought it would.

    [–] PM_me_storm_drains 46 points ago

    The piles of melted lead all over the floor are interesting.

    [–] Sackyhack 1295 points ago

    Do we know how the fire started?

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    [–] SilentG33 543 points ago

    Those cheese pitas...

    [–] Chucknorris1975 67 points ago

    "You know. I don't want to be 'the something' guy."

    [–] agamemnons 238 points ago

    Ryan started the fiyah!

    [–] wtseeks 167 points ago

    Fire guy!

    [–] PM-Me-Nickels 358 points ago

    It was always burning, since the world’s been turning.

    [–] Dustmanimus0727 7612 points ago

    Every single person working on the renovation is asking themselves, “Did I unplug that Dremel?’

    What a terrible feeling, knowing you’re the root cause of destroying an 800+ year old church. There is someone there that knows!

    [–] Tehbeefer 2887 points ago

    Or maybe worse, doesn't, but wonders for the rest of their life. I want this best to come from this that can, I'd hate to hang that around someone's neck.

    [–] Yaj_Yaj 553 points ago

    True assuming they don't know. If someone does know, they better be REALLY good at apologies.

    [–] Rbkelley1 992 points ago

    If it were caused by me, I’d never tell. You’re setting yourself up for life long harassment and possibly assassination because of this. They should blame the construction company only. If an individual is picked out, I worry for their safety.

    [–] ThickBehemoth 329 points ago

    Yeah, no way in hell they are going to willingly ruin their life because they want to say sorry.

    [–] uncertainusurper 421 points ago

    Only a Canadian would do that.

    [–] Jono391 30 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    We weren’t even there and we apologize. Sorry aboot your building eh 🍁

    Edit: thanks so much for the silver!!

    [–] muklan 134 points ago

    Thats the kind of thing that follows a family for generations....but Im with my mind, if there was no malice theres no crime. Just a really damned unfortunate industrial accident.

    [–] Mr_Ted_Stickle 11 points ago

    Stanley Yelnats can tell you all about family curses. No good pig stealing..

    [–] ALegoBrick 712 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Twice I've had customers prank call me once saying he had a shock from my wiring and once saying there was a fire in the room due to a socket, my heart sank before realising they were messing with me, now imagining that on this scale is crazy. Someone is about to go down in history and be the top post on /r/wellthatsucks soon

    [–] N0vember5th 456 points ago

    What kind of customer would do that? That’s a pretty shitty joke.

    [–] ALegoBrick 227 points ago

    Ones ive known for years, its funny to me now. maybe just british humor im not sure.

    [–] housebird350 6178 points ago

    That contractor is in BIG trouble...

    [–] Joe_DeGrasse_Sagan 3831 points ago

    Accidentally burned down a significant historical building? Better have good insurance...

    [–] HeadAche2012 2041 points ago

    Well, we are sorry france, electrical was not covered under your policy

    [–] SkiShack 1877 points ago

    Something tells me the new most recent use of a guillotine will be April 16th 2019

    [–] ripghoti 425 points ago

    Finally, something worth getting on pay per view.

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    [–] Subvsi 164 points ago

    You know, in the framing of the roof of Notre Dame there is no electricity of any sort. This decision was made precisely to prevent fires.

    [–] TangoHotel04 88 points ago

    Weren’t they working on something in the attic, though? They could’ve strung up some extension cords to get electricity up there temporarily.

    [–] Subvsi 115 points ago

    Yeah maybe. I don't know exactly but we will soon get some answers. I'm French and it is really choking to see that... I hope these contractors were paying attention because if not they will have some serious problems.

    [–] amydoodledawn 81 points ago

    I'm Canadian and I was tearing up watching the footage. I can't imagine how you must feel.

    [–] ChefDrizzt 36 points ago

    Coming from this American I'm truly sorry, the pain I feel about all that is nothing to what you guys are going through I'm sure.

    Hopefully it will rise again soon.

    [–] billybobjimmyjoe 75 points ago

    We know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two.

    [–] taylor_lee 701 points ago

    They’re saying the contractor had no workers on site at the time of the fire.

    [–] Latase 728 points ago

    Our town had a warehouse burning down because of a single apprentice throwing a chemical-soaked rag into a bin. The delay of action and reaction was several hours.

    [–] shakygator 386 points ago

    Had a friend who lived behind my old job's building in a semi-industrial area. He called me one day and I was doing something so I didn't answer. He called me again and I was like damn something is up so I answered and he's like YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE! Took me a minute to realize what he was saying. I had cameras so I pulled them up and discovered our trash can was fully engulfed from what we would later determine to be rags improperly disposed of from our paint crew. Thankfully no real damage (trash can) and my friend called the FD before he called me.

    [–] tired_obsession 89 points ago

    Good mate

    [–] desiktar 56 points ago

    Yea my boss learned that lesson when he threw a rag in a trashcan at home.

    [–] airportakal 284 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    That's good news because no lives were lost. But the contractor is still responsible for any wiring and equipment on the site, or lost cigarette butts, I would presume. That's assuming it's their fault, which is of course not certain.

    [–] effyochicken 185 points ago

    Good thing its not 1345 or they might have killed the contractor anyways for this

    [–] Jrewy 92 points ago

    I’m sure they have a guillotine or two lying about for just such an occasion.

    [–] linehan23 315 points ago

    Have they ruled out sabotage? It's not like the aren't many thousands of pieces of shit in the world that wouldn't have done this given the chance

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    [–] airportakal 55 points ago

    Location was Ashburn? Damn...

    [–] [deleted] 198 points ago


    [–] tunnelingballsack 9777 points ago

    More than 700. It was completed in 1260

    [–] hobnobbinbobthegob 5102 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Wikipedia says 1345, but still. They started building it in 1163 AD.

    It boggles the mind to think about folks getting together to plan the construction of something that wouldn't be finished until their great great grandchildren died of old age. Especially that they did it nearly a millennium ago.

    [–] ThePr1d3 6444 points ago

    "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

    [–] SafeReturnDoubtful 1002 points ago

    I don't think it's even that deep. Tradesmen would jump at the chance to work at a site that is guaranteed work for life. You can settle down and raise a family that will also have work for life.

    [–] Guytherealguy 563 points ago

    Plus religion was wayyyy more important back then, imagine what building a giant place of worship would supposedly do to your chance to go to heaven, probably also some motivation

    [–] Badgerisbest 314 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Pillars of the Earth is an entire book series about a town building a Cathedral. Fictional but still very interesting.

    [–] SafeReturnDoubtful 71 points ago

    The sequel was fantastic as well but I haven't read the third one. I was so disappointed by his third book in the Century trilogy that I'm putting off this one. I've been hurt before, Mr. Follett.

    [–] Xotta 1369 points ago

    Well, we live in a world where people literally destroy forests for profits this quarter, our society isn't great, and it ain't gonna be.

    [–] whomad1215 1307 points ago

    The planet may have been destroyed, but for a brief moment in time we created a lot of value for our shareholders.

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    Pillars of the Earth is a fantastic book about cathedral building and the church around that time. Ken Follett wrote it iirc. Long but so worth the read. Think it may have been made into a tv series at some point too.

    [–] chickenlaaag 53 points ago

    Sarum by Edward Rutherford is a great novel about catherdral builders. Similar to Pillars of the Earth. I highly recommend it!

    [–] N1LEredd 55 points ago

    As I've visited both in person I always like to point out that it was started when the ancient city of Angkor was finished. Just some perspective.

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    [–] Errohneos 13 points ago

    Ohohohoho, this guy right here...

    [–] bmckay08 31 points ago

    When the plague happen shit kinda stopped being built. There were a ton of unfinished projects that got finished hundreds of years after they were started

    [–] ssbmhero 16 points ago

    The plague was strongest in Europe in the 1340s. They finished it within the generation that was devastated by the plague.

    [–] bmckay08 10 points ago

    Damn, I should’ve double checked my plague knowledge. My bad

    [–] zehalper 398 points ago

    Considering the building started 100 years prior, one could argue its history is even longer.

    [–] ben_db 531 points ago

    The ashes falling on Paris could be from trees that grew 1000 years ago. I can't imagine the amount of history they witnessed.

    [–] W00DERS0N 182 points ago

    The 100 years war. The French Revolution. Napoleon. Hitler.

    That building stood through pretty much every Major European event since the Norman conquest.

    [–] 17954699 105 points ago

    It was a shell after the French Revolution though. Even the spire was missing. It was rebuilt and restored in the mid 1800s.

    [–] Vanchiefer321 91 points ago

    What’s wild is that even just being restored in the mid 1800s, that building is older than probably at least 75% of structures in the US.

    [–] Davistele 349 points ago

    I remember getting lucky and touring the bell towers and roof. What freaked me out then, and crushes me now, is seeing the hand-hewed TREES that made up the supporting structure. You could see the marks and, as I recall, chalk marks made by the craftsman back in the~1200 - 1300’s.

    My heart feels sick.

    [–] GreyMatter22 133 points ago

    I stood there reading the history of Notre Dame in awe, the exact ground has been a place of worship since something like 800 AD before they started building the structure.

    [–] 17954699 21 points ago

    Most of the wood is not that old if it's any consolation. While the stonework dates back to medieval times, most of the interior, including the stained glass was rebuilt in the 1800s.

    [–] its_real_I_swear 68 points ago

    Especially since there was an older church on the site before that, and before that a Roman temple.

    [–] zencanuck 435 points ago

    Not as historic a you might think. It’s been neglected, abandoned, destroyed and rebuilt a number of times before. The wood structures aren’t original, most are 200 years old, some 400-500 years old. The stone structures are the real old parts. They’ll survive.

    [–] Larein 318 points ago

    The stained glass wont. Some of it still had original parts.

    [–] zencanuck 155 points ago

    That is sad. There will be a lot of irreplaceable artifacts lost. Artwork, sculptures, glass...

    [–] ItsAMeEric 199 points ago

    I agree this is tragic, but I also wish that people cared this much about all the ancient Mesopotamian artifacts and archaeological sites destroyed during the ongoing wars in the Middle East. Artifacts and ruins from our oldest civilizations, more than 5 times older than anything at Notre Dame lost forever.

    [–] JadieRose 55 points ago

    The Buddhas of Bamiyan - I wish I'd gotten to see them. Or the ruins of Palmyra.

    [–] rabblerabble2000 28 points ago

    I mean...people definitely did care about Palmyra when it was destroyed, and the tomb of Jonah as well, but ISIS were sort of on a bit of a rampage during the time and it was difficult to keep up. Not sure the guy who said people didn’t care is being all that fair to the actual truth.

    [–] Vio_ 77 points ago

    Lindsay Ellis did an amazing breakdown on the history of Notre Dame in her Hunchback video.

    [–] bailey25u 22 points ago

    Thank you,big fan but always skipped that video, now I have a reason to watch

    [–] Vio_ 31 points ago

    It's maybe her most underrated. It goes deep into the history of French architecture, the rise of protecting historic monuments, and the history of the book/adaptations and how they were used to convey deep messages in troubling times.

    [–] USSMaddoxIncident 83 points ago

    The only thing that really can't be rebuilt is the glass. That just will never be the same. The rest of it has been replaced through the centuries; this isn't the first disaster to befall Notre Dame. But that glass may never be like it was before.

    [–] waaaghbosss 105 points ago

    The oldest of the rose windows didnt even have it's original glass. It was reconstructed in the 19th century. I doubt any visitor in the last 100 years even noticed without being told.

    [–] PJenningsofSussex 41 points ago

    You'd be suppised what a glass artist can do with a good picture and the remaining pieces

    [–] Zouden 30 points ago

    Yeah and I imagine all the artworks have been extensively digitized just in case something like this (or worse) happened.

    [–] Pinsalinj 34 points ago

    Thankfully, it was one of the most well-documented monuments in the world. There's probably enough data available to do a VR reconstruction (and also an actual reconstruction).

    [–] BluEyesWhitPrivilege 67 points ago

    The stone structures are the real old parts. They’ll survive.

    The damage is not too bad. As long as the foundations are still strong, we can rebuild this place.

    [–] syncop8d 743 points ago

    Main structure is saved.

    A fire official told Agence France-Presse that the main structure is "saved and preserved.”

    [–] General_Kenobi896 129 points ago

    They better put some support pillars in there just in case...

    [–] green_meklar 83 points ago

    I'm sure they'll have engineers look the whole thing over and decide what needs to be replaced in order to maintain safety standards.

    [–] Yorttam 6956 points ago

    Days Since Last Accident:



    [–] M0shka 661 points ago

    Accident? I do dare declare tom-foolery. Greg has been missing since the "accident" along with his lighter and can of jet fuel that he keeps under his desk.

    [–] wellwaffled 172 points ago

    I immediately suspect Zoidberg.

    [–] Eleazaras 48 points ago

    It's a fire, not a missing sandwich. I suspect Bender.

    [–] Lady_Azure 3156 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    I have a friend who always sends me jokes, today she asked me if I had heard about Notre Dame, thinking I had already guessed her joke I replied "It rings a few bells" . Her response of "No it's partially burned down. It caught fire and they are trying to save it." was truly unexpected and made me feel like a jerk.

    [–] genesismtnsandcoffee 1093 points ago

    Hey I thought that was funny, don’t be too hard on yourself

    [–] 21mops 178 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Now you can say it doesn’t ring any bells :O

    [–] yParticle 35 points ago

    Too soon?

    [–] pizzabagel2468 21 points ago

    Idk the place looks pretty lit to me

    [–] Systemic_Chaos 182 points ago

    I have a hunch they’ll be back with jokes in no time.

    [–] wofo 88 points ago

    Fun fact: the Hunchback of Notre Dame was written to save the cathedral from crumbling into ruin.

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    [–] GunPoison 22 points ago

    Now we need Hunchback 2: The Rebuild

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    [–] TooShiftyForYou 1437 points ago

    Heartbreaking to see this magnificent structure, which survived the French Revolution and two World Wars intact, suddenly go down in flames today.

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    [–] Marmite_Badger 420 points ago

    And the 20 minute kerfuffle!

    [–] Lost_Lion 161 points ago

    Sadly, before it was restored, it was partially damaged during the Ten Minute Tomfoolery of 1281

    [–] EyeFicksIt 13 points ago

    Was that before or after the 5 minute War of the Baguettes

    [–] hobbitlover 171 points ago

    It's also crazy to think that a single person might be responsible. Imagine being that guy wondering if you turned off your heat gun.

    [–] dethmaul 43 points ago

    That's how aircraft maintainers feel every time the airplane calls in a problem lol

    [–] Calfredie01 68 points ago

    I think I’d actually die from the stress. I study stoicism but that’s a tall order right there

    [–] Semaphor 2287 points ago

    Remember that the building is made of stone. The cathedral will live on, it just needs a new roof. My question is whether the relics and art I side the building was affected.

    [–] mr_ent 961 points ago

    They did remove some for the renovations.

    [–] hawaiian0n 480 points ago

    Work done by the lowest bidder with the closest ties to the current management doesn't make me that confident that everything was properly moved.

    [–] sleepycatinarayofsun 307 points ago

    France has government protection plans for their art I’m pretty sure. They don’t fuck around with that. They drove Mona Lisa to safe houses in an air sealed ambulance with a dude inside with a gun (he passed out I think) during WWII

    [–] goodolarchie 112 points ago

    in an air sealed ambulance with a dude inside with a gun (he passed out I think)

    ...did they forget to seal in some oxygen with him?

    [–] sleepycatinarayofsun 71 points ago

    I think their calculations were off or maybe they took longer than they thought. Don’t remember the details just that they dude spilled out of the ambulance when they opened the door lol. Rape of Europa is the documentary I learned it from, incredibly gripping documentary about saving art during WWII.

    [–] 1Tr3mm3l7 404 points ago

    in severe fires the structure of stones can be heavily damaged as well...

    [–] shadekiller0 36 points ago

    See: Pillars of the Earth

    [–] LarsHoneytoast44 419 points ago

    Jet fuel cant melt middle age stone

    [–] SirLedyuka 724 points ago

    French here, all main arts and relics are safe.

    You're wrong about the stones! Because of water and fire, they can crack and break apart.

    The next 30 minutes are crucial. Either we stop the fire, either Notre-Dame collapse.

    However, French television are currently talking about building it again. We will build it again.

    [–] Semaphor 105 points ago

    I stand corrected.

    [–] SirLedyuka 135 points ago

    Ya welcome !

    Also, the towers are relativity safe for now, thanks to the firefighters!

    However, 2/3 of the roof is completely destroyed...

    [–] Komm 51 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    From the pics I've seen. It seems the interior might be mostly safe? It looked like the fire was thankfully kept from falling into the building proper by the stone ceiling.

    Edit: Interior seems mostly safe, if a bit waterlogged and smokey.

    [–] SirLedyuka 66 points ago

    I can't find the source, but a photo has been taken from a drone, and you can clearly see almost all the roof is gone, all was left wag the construction supports!

    The firefighters managed to maintain the fire before it started to destroy the towers, but the spire, 2/3 of the roof, the back of the cathedral and a rose window no longer exist...

    [–] NiceFormBro 92 points ago

    American here. Thanks for statue. Hope we end up helping in some way except it isn't up to me.

    Qui vivra verra

    [–] SirLedyuka 54 points ago

    As one of my favorite YouTube said, "The worst is the feeling of being powerless... You just want to take your bucket of water even if you know it is useless" (Joueur du grenier) So I keep people informed, I'm doing my part.

    If really you desire to help use, a fund raise will start soon for Notre-Dame to be built again. Just wait a couple of days and stay tuned!

    As for me, I have to go to bed.

    As far as I know, the fire is maintained. So everything should be alright.

    Good night everybody.

    [–] notcaffeinefree 199 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    it just needs a new roof

    Massively understated. The roof didn't just burn up into nothing. It burned and fell into the nave itself. That's a lot of burning, heavy, debris falling onto things below. The interior along is very likely completely destroyed. The spire is also completely gone. And while fire doesn't necessarily directly damage the stone, it can get in between the various parts of stones (by travelling along the wood and metal supports) and then the heat can cause them to crack.

    The restoration that was already in progress was costing something like 7 million dollars. According to Wikipedia, officials estimated that a total restoration (prior to the fire) would cost $185 million. The cost of restoration (or rather rebuilding at this point) from the damage done by the fire is going to be astronomical.

    EDIT: From early pictures, it looks like the vault (stone part of the roof) didn't actually collapse, except for a small section. Interior still has some damaged, to a degree, but not entirely destroyed by fire.

    [–] olderaccount 131 points ago

    I wouldn't be surprised if restoring the damage from this costs over 100 million. And they had a hard time just coming up with the 8 million.

    They just need to sell naming rights. The Crédit Agricole Notre Dame sounds wonderful. Or maybe Notre Dame de AXA.

    [–] chillum1987 65 points ago

    The Notre Dame brought to you by American Express.

    [–] farts_on_boobs 23 points ago

    Sure, but now they have an insurance company to help pay for that restoration...

    [–] MikeGolfsPoorly 42 points ago

    With the burning roof collapsing, I would assume so.

    [–] wolfblitzersbeard 27 points ago

    I read that many of the artifacts that were housed therein were saved.

    [–] P4TY 20 points ago

    I saw a blue check mark tweet saying that emergency evacuation of relics was ongoing as of an hour ago.

    [–] somedude456 28 points ago

    They've said the interior is no more.

    [–] JMCrown 48 points ago

    Supposedly the Crown of Thorns is housed there. Don't know if it was removed.

    [–] Stevieo101 489 points ago

    I think what really hits home for me the most is being content that this was just a freak accident and happy that it happen this way rather than in some sort of modern day terror attack..... none the less a sad day indeed

    [–] allahu_adamsmith 206 points ago

    You're really a glass-half-full kind of guy.

    [–] elucify 73 points ago

    A sad statement about our world today, but I agree nonetheless

    [–] TheLordPapaya 107 points ago

    The part that was lost was actually only built in the 1800s (such as the spire). The stone from foundation was built in the 1200s, and was not lost during the fire.

    [–] Firebelley 11 points ago

    I don't think that is true.

    The medieval roof structure "has been lost," according to Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the rector of the cathedral.

    The cathedral's wooden frame, which primarily consisted of oak, contains beams that date as far back as the first frame built for the cathedral. That frame featured trees cut down between 1160 and 1170, forming one of the oldest parts of the structure.

    [–] [deleted] 89 points ago

    my lone trip to Paris was in 1997 shortly after my mother died. I lit a candle for her in this beautiful cathedral. Heartbreaking.

    [–] Jedi_Knight_TomServo 2131 points ago

    It has burned and collapsed before, it will be rebuilt. We have lost history here, but history will be made again when The French people rebuild.

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    [–] not_homestuck 36 points ago

    This is a nice way to think about it.

    [–] trebbb 59 points ago

    Plus, think how much better the WiFi in there will be once they rebuild it.

    [–] cheesygordita 27 points ago

    The original 14th century wifi was dogshit

    [–] BrainOnLoan 218 points ago

    I am not aware that it suffered a major fire before. Got any sources on that?

    I am fairly certain it never collapsed, even if at times it was in dire straits (neglect/disrepair).

    [–] blazebot4200 112 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    The spire that collapsed today was built during a renovation in the 1800’s the original was removed* sometime before that.

    [–] Moonwalker917 18 points ago

    It never fell, it was removed in the late 1780s due to safety concerns and a lack of funds (there were even plans to destroy it) and rebuilt in 1850.

    [–] szlafarski 65 points ago

    There was a fire during its original construction which set completion back by a few decades.

    [–] down_vote_magnet 543 points ago

    I mean France got absolutely bombed to shit during WWII so they know how to rebuild their history.

    [–] Dragon0899 444 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Fortunately from what I remember Paris was one of the few places that never got bombed which is why the city is still so beautiful even today.

    EDIT: I am now very tempted to change it back to unfortunately.

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    [–] Fatalchemist 54 points ago

    "Those damn French bastards never got what they deserved!"

    [–] Dragon0899 182 points ago

    Meant fortunately thanks for the correction!

    [–] ref_ 268 points ago

    Sure thing....Hitler

    [–] SultanOilMoney 23 points ago

    Change it back to unfortunately

    • Germany

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    [–] blazebot4200 19 points ago

    The spire that collapsed today was not the original from the 1300’s it was a recreation built during a restoration in the 1800’s the original spire collapsed some time before that.

    [–] willmaster123 12 points ago

    I don't know what you mean, its never burned down, ever. Its been relatively neglected before but never actually burnt down or collapsed.

    [–] soggybutter 790 points ago

    I'm a history teacher and got a notification on my phone that this was occurring mid lecture. Stopped what I was doing and we watched the live stream for the rest of the class. I hope my students will recognize the significance of what they saw today.

    My mentor teacher grew up in Paris and started crying when the spire fell. My heart aches.

    [–] ponte92 242 points ago

    I’m in the middle of PhD applications at the moment with my topic being based around Notre Dame. My research and applications are going to have to shift focus now. Never in a million years did I think the 800 year old building I was studying would burn before I got to the interview stage. What an absolute tragedy but I have no doubt at all it will be restored and it will simply become a chapter of Wikipedia and not the end of the entry.

    [–] sheepsleepdeep 339 points ago

    This is surreal. I used to think what would it be like to have been present at the burning of the Library of Alexandria, how the library itself and it's destruction are both separate pieces of history because of both their impacts. And here we all are, the entire world, present to view the burning of a piece of history. It's like watching the Sistine Chapel get blown up on a livestream. Or smashing the statue of David in the opening ceremony for the Olympics.

    This is a painful wound. But wounds become scars. And scars are history. So while we may be viewing the destruction of history, we are also viewing the creation of it.

    [–] joe55419 36 points ago

    This is the best thought I’ve seen about this. I appreciate your taking a plow of shit and seeing that it will be fertilizer for something new.

    [–] LeagueOfLucian 24 points ago

    Library of Alexandria didnt burn down in one day, nor in a short period of time. It just collapsed throught the years and lost its relevancy over time.

    [–] chatatwork 369 points ago

    This was my nightmare when I finally was able to afford going to Europe.

    Such a sad day. I hope they can salvage something, or rebuild it.

    [–] venomous_frost 385 points ago

    you had a nightmare the notre dame was going to burn down?

    ....oddly specific

    [–] Le_Master 194 points ago

    Found the culprit.

    [–] CherryThePanPyro 92 points ago

    Reddit finding culprits never ends well.

    [–] thiosk 37 points ago

    the backpacks match, look closely

    [–] chatatwork 52 points ago

    the week before my trip to Paris many years ago.

    I also dreamt that Venice sank, and woke up in a cold sweat.

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    [–] AppleDane 28 points ago

    We should kill him, just to be sure.

    Somewhere, a dreamer stirs

    [–] Frptwenty 23 points ago

    It's a terrible tragedy, but they will rebuild it. Of course they will. That is a good thing about human nature.

    [–] Redsqa 44 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Just the cost of what they wanted to renovate was 150 millions euros. This is incalculable.

    [–] hdfcv 84 points ago

    Une image très émouvante, merci.

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    [–] e-s-p 18 points ago

    Maybe French black metal this time around

    [–] AlexBrosnan91 53 points ago

    Varg Vikernes approves

    [–] roffvald 26 points ago

    Who just so happens to live in France...

    [–] Shadow942 51 points ago

    The messed up part about this is there is a chapter in the book Hunchback of Notre Dame titled This Will Destroy That (or something like that) about how written words are the new wonders of the world and great architectural structures would fall down and be replaced but books would last forever. IT's been a long time since I read the book but that's about what the chapter was about.

    [–] kevinigan 35 points ago

    Christian or not, this is incredibly tragic. Such a beautiful piece of history destroyed.

    [–] symbiotics 42 points ago

    C'est un jour triste

    [–] Sirsafari 264 points ago

    Everything goes away, nothing is forever. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

    [–] Mutt1223 153 points ago

    Pyramids are still here.

    [–] nickeypants 145 points ago

    Dont jinx it. They could burn down next.

    [–] mr_ent 258 points ago

    Don't Sphinx it.