For anyone who’s visited Paris, the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is a cherished memory. The gothic structure, more than 850 years old, is an iconic landmark that attracts millions of tourists every year. Now, as evening falls over Paris, the cathedral is burning. And it’s absolutely heartbreaking to watch.
Firefighters in Paris say there is a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral. https://t.co/HHUXgZE4x1
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) April 15, 2019
The people of Paris have responded with shock and despair, as have thousands across the world. Locals watched on in horror as the cathedral’s spire, first put in place in the 13th century, collapsed into the building. There’s also unconfirmed reports that the beautiful, historic stained glass windows that defined the cathedral exploded from the intense heat.
— Gully Burrows (@gullyburrows93) April 15, 2019
We’re thinking of everyone in Paris today, and everyone who’s shared their memories of the Cathédrale Notre Dame. Firefighters have managed to save the towers, though one man was seriously injured — here’s hoping he recovers quickly and that the fire is overcome soon.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral was almost destroyed in 1914. Thanks to Victor Hugo’s novel, it gathered enough attention to get it restored. I’m hoping that 105 years later, social medial can amplify the need for its immediate restoration. What a day. pic.twitter.com/tIfMnKJseD
— anna c. grajales (@annacgrajales) April 15, 2019
More on this story to come…