Do you want to read more about the Notre Dame? Here you can read all about my own visit only a few months ago.
The interior of the Notre Dame
A couple of months ago, I visited this French monument myself. Inside, I made quite a lot of photos. It’s a shame that this beautiful interior went up in flames, and therefore I wanted to create a sort of everlasting memory for this majestic cathedral by showing you all what it looked like.
The interior of the bell towers that you could climb
Every day, there were hundreds of people that visited the towers of the Notre Dame. From here, you got one of the most rewarding views of Paris. You could also spend some time inside one of the bell towers. There you could see the wooden construction of the tower and it immediately becomes clear how the fire could spread so rapidly.
The view from the bell towers
After a tiring climb along the twirling staircase of the Notre Dame, you were rewarded with fantastic views over Paris. During my visit to this vantage point, I was greeted by a couple of gorgeous gargoyles, of which most have also perished in the fires.
The exterior of the cathedral
On the outside of the Notre Dame there is also a lot of damage. On these photos you can see the beautiful facade and how much eye for details was spent on all these magnificent sculptures.
What do we know about the fire?
- The fire broke out around 6:50 pm on April 15, 2019. About half an hour before, there was a church service going on. Fortunately, all believers were swiftly removed from the cathedral so that there were no victims among them.
- At 8 pm the fire spread so violently that the 93-meter-high spire (305 ft) collapsed. Not much later, the entire roof went up in flames.
- According to the police, this is not a terrorist act.
- The Notre Dame will be rebuilt. Officials were very afraid that the whole church would be destroyed because of the fire. However, we are now sure that the Notre Dame will be restored. However, the reconstruction will likely take years…
- More than 500 members of the fire brigade were deployed to extinguish the fire.
Although most of the artworks in Notre-Dame were saved, there is still a lot of irreversible damage:
- The masterpieces such as the crown of thorns, a piece from the cross of Christ and one of the nails used for his crucifixion have all been saved.
- The gigantic organ from the fifteenth century may have been very badly damaged. This also applies to a lot of the beautiful paintings that couldn’t be removed in time from the burning building.
- The beautiful rose windows (stained glass windows) may also have been severely damaged. This becomes clear from photos that show that the lead started to melt. Of course a lot of debris has also fallen on these fragile windows.
Want to know more about the Notre Dame?
Would you like to know more about its history? Or maybe you want to read more about my visit to the towers. In this blog post I tell you about my visit to this iconic church of Paris.
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2 thoughts on “This was the Notre Dame before the fire…”
Ahmad Abdou says:
It is very sad to know that Notr dame is now burned. I don’t know how that happened but it’s awkward why there were no fast response to the fire.
I couldn’t agree more 🙁