The Terrifying Images of the Fire of Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris on fire, April 15, 2019

This Monday 15th April, 2019, Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral was ravaged by a fire. Back in pictures.

Pictures of desolation. This Monday, April 15, 2019, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was ravaged by a fire . Declared around 6:50 pm, it quickly spread to the entire building until reaching the frame.

The fire took in the eaves, said firefighters, and seems to have started on scaffolding installed on the roof of the building, built between the twelfth and fourteenth century.




“There will be nothing left”

“Everything is burning. The frame, which dates from the nineteenth century on one side and the thirteenth on the other, there will be nothing left, “told AFP Andre Finot, the spokesman for Notre Dame. According to him, the fire broke out around 6.50pm

The flames devoured the entire top and the building and after an hour, the spire of the monument, symbol of the French capital, collapsed.

Terrible videos were filmed in Paris, like the one sent to us by Sylvain Crosnier:

Preserved sacred objects

Along the quays and on the bridges that lead to the island of the city, a crowd of onlookers are staring in shock and take pictures, the huge plume of smoke.

“Our Lady is on fire ?!  Questions incredulously a Japanese tourist. “I hope it’s not an attack,” adds another person in French.


“We have to see if the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be touched or not,” he added, “the sacred objects are preserved in the sacristy, normally there is no risk that things are burned “.

Notre-Dame de Paris on fire, April 15, 2019.
Notre-Dame de Paris on fire, April 15, 2019. (© AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT)

13 million tourists a year

This fire occurs on the first day of Holy Week celebrations leading to Easter, the main Christian holiday.

About 13 million tourists each year the building, located in the heart of the French capital.

Major works have been going on for several months, especially to clean the building, blackened by pollution.

Very popular with tourists, this cathedral, which is also a Marian shrine raised to the rank of basilica, continues to fulfill its functions as a religious building: five offices are celebrated there daily, and seven on Sundays. With the celebrations and exceptional celebrations, more than 2000 offices resonate each year under its vaults.

The images have travelled around the world.

Symbol

The spire of the cathedral, erected on the four pillars of the transept, is one of the symbols of the French capital.

Tourists from across the Atlantic are particularly attached to Quasimodo and other characters – immortalised by the cinema and musical comedy – out of the imagination of Victor Hugo, whose novel “Notre-Dame de Paris” (1831) has amplified the movement for the restoration of the cathedral in the nineteenth century.

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