Notre Dame: History Ablaze
The history behind the Notre Dame Cathedral is one that is vast and long. With this Catholic treasure being over 800 years old, it’s bound to have stories to tell.
However, this Monday, the unimaginable happened. The cathedral was engulfed in flames and in less than three hours, the Church was reduced to ashes. French residents stared in awe as the building glew bright red. Images of the citizens depicted them as grief-stricken and heartbroken.
Sylvie Lacour, a local who had lived nearby the cathedral for eight years, watched the church burn from Bordeaux. “The heart of Paris and my country is being gutted by the flames,” she said. “I am devastated.”
As residents began to mourn, figures all around the world began to express their sorrows online. News sites dedicated to the cathedral covered the story live.
Daniel Christian, writer for the Notre Dame Cathedral Paris, lamented while he wrote the article as it was happening.
“So hard to watch for us here at https://notredamecathedralparis.com after we have covered this famous monument for 10 years,” Christian said. “With such an old building, it makes sense that it would be this flammable.”
Political figures from the US took to Twitter to articulate their heartache. “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Trump said. “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” While President Trump urged French authorities to act, former President Obama asked us to acknowledge our nature, writing, “It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost — but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.”
After all was done, French President Emmanuel Macron kept hopes up as he spoke of rebuilding. “I’m telling you all tonight — we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders,” Macron said. “Paris without Notre Dame? Madness.”