Notre Dame Cathedral Paris, it is with a heavy heart that I write this. I was in the middle of writing about my next visit to Paris and revisiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. To think this church has been around for 880 years and all the history it has seen. Take shape with the architects. The history, the architecture, it greatly saddens me as I am sure it saddened you when the church caught on fire on April 14th, 2019. As we watched the videos, it looked like the church was going up in flames. Now with the fire out, it’s incredible how much of the church has survived.
The Notre Dame Cathedral Paris or Notre Dame de Paris (Meaning ‘Our Lady of Paris’ in French). One of the first gothic cathedrals built in the Gothic period. Work began back in the 12th century. Because construction did not end until 300 years later, there were various styles of architecture throughout. In its history, Notre Dame has endured destruction and subsequent restoration in many periods. However, much of the facade and interior still are accurate to the original designs.
A new restoration program was started in 1991 and was still going on today. The fire may have been linked to renovation work. France has always been resilient and is already planning on the restoration of the church. If you would like to donate, there is a link on the Notre Dame Cathedral Paris‘s official website.
After the Fire
The Cathedral is bordered off by tall gates, but you can still get great views of the Cathedral from around the city. The flying buttresses surprisingly survived the fire. These were not incorporated into the initial architecture of the building but were later added when stress fractures began to appear, and the thin walls cracked under the weight of the vault, they started adding the flying buttresses, as well as over a dozen supporting piers were constructed to support the exterior walls and counteract the lateral thrust of the nave vaulting.
Notre-Dame is also famous for its external statues and gargoyles, but don’t just think these are for decoration, they serve a purpose. As rainwater runs down the roofs of the Notre Dame Cathedral, they go through the gargoyles, which helps drain off the water without dripping down the walls and potentially damaging them. By evacuating rainwater, the gargoyles protect the cathedral and protect the stone from damage caused by excessive runoff.