Inside Notre Dame
I arrived home this afternoon to learn (belatedly) of the tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, and have spent the last hour or so trawling the internet for updates. Luckily, the destruction does not seem as universal as first feared – the firefighters have saved the bell towers, the relics, and the main structure. From what I understand, the stained-glass windows have also been replaced over the centuries, and every fraction of the building has been extensively mapped out and recorded previously, so restoration is viable. It is going to take many, many years, however, before this landmark of Western culture is restored to its full glory.
The damaged interior is haunting, as befits an 850 year-old Gothic Cathedral.