A Piece of History
Written by Intern Aaron on April 17, 2019
One of France’s most famous landmarks, the Notre Dame Cathedral, had caught fire Monday evening, leaving a large amount of damage to the building.
As news circulates around the reason as to how it caught fire, another questions rises: why is it so important?
The cathedral is a massive part of Paris’s history and culture as it’s erection was initiated in 1163 and took nearly 200 years to complete. It’s older than 850 years old, standing tall on a small island known as Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine, a river that runs through central Paris.
Other grand moments of history that happened at the cathedral include the crowning of King Henry VI in 1431 and French Emperor Napoleon I’s coronation. The church had also inspired multiple stories inclusive of the Disney classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Notre-Dame de Paris by French novelist Victor Hugo in 1831, which heavily inspired the Disney Classic.
Notre Dame has been standing for such a long time, so this isn’t the first time it’s sustained damage. It survived both World Wars and being looted and attacked during the French Revolution when many people associated the Catholic Church with the France’s rulers at the time, who they were protesting against.
The Notre Dame is practically a living museum as it is full of grand symbolic decor, stained glass windows, artwork, gargoyles and a much more. The church even had relics tied to Jesus.
Emergency teams were able to rescue religious items and valuable artwork, and millions of pounds have already been pledged to restoring the cathedral.