Notre Dame on fire

Yesterday Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire. According to CNN the cathedral pulls in 13 million tourists a year. It is a world heritage site. It is an integral part of history. It took 800 years to build. Notre Dame Cathedral has been around for 850 years. It is also the site where  Napoleon’s coronation took place in 1804. Joan of Arc was beatified* at the cathedral in 1909. Notre Dame is also a key part of Victor Hugh’s book the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Fortunately, renovations were being done and many priceless artefacts were removed from the Cathedral.  This includes the thorn of crowns believed to be worn before his crucifixion and a piece of the cross. This is such sad news. I was fortunate enough to visit Notre Dame Cathedral in 2016 and it is a beautiful place.  It took 9 hours for the fire to be quelled. This happened because the wooden scaffolding inside the church served as kindling for the fire. This heart-wrenching story is still developing. 

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral Paris
The candles inside of Notre Dame Cathedral Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral Molding
Stain glass windows inside of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Outside of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral in Background the Seine river and Me




*Beatification is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person’s entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name.

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I must say though that the firefighters did a brilliant job. And it’s not easy to get to Notre Dame Cathedral during rush hour traffic. Now I’m just praying that no one died and that the architectural damage wasn’t significant. One firefighter did sustain serious injuries praying for his/her recovery. It’s a sad day.

Take care

Nikki xx


  1. kagould17 says:

    This was indeed a very sad day for Paris and the world. I have been to this church every time I visited Paris. Not sure what they will do to restore it. Allan

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    1. I’ve read that they already have lots of people willing to donate to help rebuild. But Friday is the start of Easter and I’m wondering where the parish will worship.

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      1. kagould17 says:

        Many countries are also committing money. Pray for good weather and worship next to the church if they can. The building deserves that. Out of the ashes………


        1. Yes April is technically Spring hopefully the weather will be good.


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