Notre Dame Fire

Artwork by Christina Tan ’21

Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral suffered significant destruction caused by a massive blaze on April 15th, 2019.

The fire started at about 6:50 PM beneath the timber roof and wasn’t extinguished until fifteen hours later. Both the interior and exterior of the cathedral were severely damaged, mainly caused by the collapsed roof. However, the stone statues inside the cathedral were saved by the arched stone walls. The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed, but officials suspect that it was caused by an electrical short-circuit from renovation work.

The current president of France, Emmanuel Macron, commented about the fire saying, “We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautiful and I want that to be done in the next five years.” Moreover, he added, “The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched.”

Bishop Maurice de Sully started building Notre Dame de Paris in 1160 and it was completed 182 years later. Over its more than 700 years of its history, it has been featured in many pieces of literature and art, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo and Le Sacre de Napoléon by Jacques Louis David. Notre Dame was  designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1991. Approximately, 13 million tourists visit Notre Dame every year, making it the most popular tourist destination in France.

Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral suffered significant destruction caused by a massive blaze on April 15th, 2019.

The fire started at about 6:50 PM beneath the timber roof and wasn’t extinguished until fifteen hours later. Both the interior and exterior of the cathedral were severely damaged, mainly caused by the collapsed roof. However, the stone statues inside the cathedral were saved by the arched stone walls. The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed, but officials suspect that it was caused by an electrical short-circuit from renovation work.

The current president of France, Emmanuel Macron, commented about the fire saying, “We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautiful and I want that to be done in the next five years.” Moreover, he added, “The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched.”

Bishop Maurice de Sully started building Notre Dame de Paris in 1160 and it was completed 182 years later. Over its more than 700 years of its history, it has been featured in many pieces of literature and art, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo and Le Sacre de Napoléon by Jacques Louis David. Notre Dame was  designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1991. Approximately, 13 million tourists visit Notre Dame every year, making it the most popular tourist destination in France.

Quote from: https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/notre-dame-fire/index.html


Elle Choi

Elle Choi is a two-year junior from South Korea.