Construction on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris began in 1160 under Bishop Maurice de Sully and was largely complete by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. Over the next 859 years, Notre Dame was desecrated during the French Revolution, progressively stripped of original decoration, works of art and religious imagery, and considered for demolition after the Napoleonic Wars.
On the evening of April 15, 2019, while undergoing renovation and restoration, the roof of Notre-Dame caught fire. Burning for approximately 15 hours, the cathedral sustained serious damage, including the destruction of the flèche (the timber spire over the crossing) and most of the lead-covered wooden roof above the stone vaulted ceiling.
The people of France were devastated by the destruction of this iconic symbol of faith. However, immediately after the fire, President Emmanuel Macron promised that Notre-Dame would be restored, and called for the work to be completed within five years.
There’s much more to this story and you’re probably wondering how this tragic event could be good news for #WATWB. Well, I found hope for Notre Dame’s in an episode on ABC News. David Muir was granted an inside look at what remained inside the cathedral, which you can watch here.
I was amazed at how much of the cathedral survived, from the pipe organ to the 42′ rose window to the golden cross that stood as a symbol of survival through the morning ash and smoke. Timing saved the 12 apostles and I have no idea how the sheet music from Easter remains unscathed.
They are all symbols of hope.
While there is already discussion and disagreement over Notre Dame’s future and the method of restoration, the Cathedral’s light of faith continues to shine forward. Having already survived wars and desecration over eight decades, there is no question that Notre Dame will one day be restored and reopened to the public and people of France.
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