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Wow!  OMFG wow!

 

That’s pretty freakin’ tragic.

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The entire roof just collapsed 

 

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While this is not something that makes the world go round, it is incredible piece of architecture and engineering for its time.  I hope they can contain this.  As an engineer I had to catch my breath to understand the magnitude of this building.

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when i read the headline i thought it was on the nd campus and thought, "good...***** em".  now that i know that's not the case, i'm sad.  

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Wow, that looks devastating with the question now being can it be saved?  

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20 minutes ago, DaBillsFanSince1973 said:

looks like a total loss.

What a tough way to begin Holy Week.Let's be grateful that this tragic event didn't occur on Holy Thursday,Good Friday,Holy Saturday or,of course,Easter Sunday.

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any claims on how it happened?

 

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Sad ot see this historic building, known for great architecture and art burning.

 

 

31 minutes ago, DaBillsFanSince1973 said:

looks like a total loss.

 

the stone structure should be stable, hopefully they can rebuild the rest.

 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Buffalo Barbarian said:

Sad ot see this historic building, known for great architecture and art burning.

 

the stone structure should be stable, hopefully they can rebuild the rest.

I read somewhere that it was starting to crumble before this fire.

 

here is some info on that. this fire certainly made the possibility of restoration near impossible?

 

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Crumbling Notre-Dame cathedral needs €100m from donors to 'avert collapse'

 

Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral faces collapse unless donors stump up €100 million (£87 million) to conduct urgent repair work on its flying buttresses, spire, stained-glass windows, gargoyles and stonework, conservationists have warned.

 

Victor Hugo, who helped save the cathedral almost two centuries ago with his novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, would be turning his grave if he could see the state of the cathedral today, they told the Telegraph.

 

12 minutes ago, row_33 said:

any claims on how it happened?

 

"Police in Paris say the cause of the massive fire enveloping the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t yet known."

 

The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):  7:55 p.m.

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The West has fallen.

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Pretty good run for any building not named the Great Pyramid of Giza or Hagia Sophia.

 

Sad to see this happen, though.

 

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15 minutes ago, row_33 said:

any claims on how it happened?

 

 

Probably some candles tipped over.  All those pews, wooden doors, and the wooden pipe organ fanned the flames in the large open nave of the Cathedral.

 

Or some altar boys were playing with matches.

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47 minutes ago, teef said:

when i read the headline i thought it was on the nd campus and thought, "good...***** em".  

 

Image result for shaking head gif

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15 minutes ago, The Senator said:

 

Or some altar boys were playing with matches.

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They call them matches?  Weak code.

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Wow - this is terrible. The beauty of this place is hard to express. I was there about 15 years ago and had the opportunity to sit inside and listen to a concert played on the pipe organ - something that is only played a few times a year - it was fantastic hearing those acoustics and looking at the stained glass.......

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What a horrible loss.........

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Just awful to see. I dont think it can be saved by the looks of it. From what I'm reading they are trying to save the art now more than anything

 

Just a huge cultural loss. I went to some churches in Croatia during my honeymoon and the art and care that went into these buildings is incredible. Notre Dame was on my list of places to see and it looks as though that will not happen :(

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This building is in a densely built area (like what area in Paris or any major city in the world isn't).  From current video images it looks like the two columns / towers on the west side of the building, which is the primary entrance, is still standing as is the eastern end which has the flying buttresses.  The southern end of the transcept appears to still be up as well.

 

I wouldnt doubt that the cause is a result of some of the restoration work.

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This building survived hundreds of years of French upheaval, revolutions and riots but couldn't survive Pierre and his ill placed welding torch.

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