Notre Dame fire: Can the architectural masterpiece be restored? | ABC News

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A catastrophic fire that engulfed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, gutting and destroying the landmark’s spire and stunning France and the world, has been brought under control.

Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the roof.

Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet and a French official said the iconic towers had been saved from the blaze, and authorities said the cathedral’s structure was “saved from total destruction”.

Australian Institute of Architects’ Clare Cousins discusses the architectural significance of the Gothic cathedral and and whether or not it can be restored.

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Sy Sharp says:

European churches have seen a steep rise in hate crimes particularly in France….
Plenty of articles leading up to this too, take a look people don't rely on the ABC

J M says:

Forget the building. Hope the firefighters are ok.

Jannie du Toit says:

It burned down in 1914

David J says:

Trump: " Perhaps throwing thousands of water filled balloons onto the roof would put it out, but must act QUICKLY!!!!! dot dot dot dot dot dot you're welcome France."

Juan Manuel Aguilera says:

Near Easter. It was clearly an attack..

Alan Hunt says:

Hopefully the french will restore it…. it's a magnificent building…..

zaq voir says:

we hunchbacks are now homeless

Lari Kipe says:

I fear the origin of the fire is actually much more sinister than just a little "oopse" restoration accident.


What a beautiful structure. Laid to waste. I just hope France can restore.

ItzGalaxyGachaCorn TACOTACOTACO says:

I’m from the Philippines but when I went to France I saw notredame when it was I one piece
When I heard the news I cried really hard

chima chibi says:

Once upon a time the westward invasions of the Turks were stopped by catholic countries. Today the Europeans are like invade us pls. It’s very sad. And the symbol of Paris is burning down.

Rory The Red says:

Macron, Merkel and Brussels will demand that Notre Dame is reopened as a Mosque to appease their Eurabian masters.

annihilationHaven says:

Hopefully Catholicism renews and refreshes after this.

ron stewart says:


Iain Mcfly says:

hopefully the beginning of the end of catholicism

Bill Diblazin says:

This is a horrible thing for Macron to do in order to stop the yellow vest protests. What a sick man!

SqubanY ! says:

The fall of the Christian culture of France

Persian User says:

Such a good news!

artyfarty3 says:

oh boy !  the irony  … burnt down to the ground while conducting a "smog" restoration  .  I know it is not a laughing matter but one has to LOL  😉

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