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Notre Dame

DeletedUser102348

Thank you Matthew for moving it and your insight on some of the disgusting comments & the image.
Why oh why would you ask for extra/less bonuses on the Notre Dame GB, really?? Where is your head at, are you for real?

We have as mankind almost lost a treasure beyond value, and for France & Paris, the heart of the nation has been sorely wounded, and my sympathies go out to them, and thank their lucky stars no one was killed or seriously wounded.
Over hundred years in the making, 800 years old, made by highly skilled craftsmen and at a time with no high technical tools at their disposal, just their hands and their backs. If you had been and seen it, you couldn't help but stand in wonder & awe at such a magnificent building, and we must protect and preserve buildings like these as monuments to man's creative skills of yesteryear, which sadly those skills have nearly all but gone.
I have a personal perspective on this as I was fortunate that I had seen Notre Dame & other buildings in a private tours to places not open to the public with my father who was a Master Carpenter, and had worked on and specialised on buildings from the medieval to Victorian eras.
York minster when the south transept was ruined by fire, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abby, The Vatican, Windsor Castle, Wartburg Castle, are just some of the buildings he had worked on, and I know for sure if he had still been with us, he would have been on the phone to offer his services as soon as he heard about the fire.

So next time you have the chance to visit a famous monument, look up and wonder at the intricate details, vaulted ceilings with many details you cant see unless close up, but they still put them there, no shortcuts, on the outside as well as inside. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself 'just how did they do that'? Many people have put their heart and soul into building these buildings, and sometime their lives, not something you see today with your 'stick um up quick' with steel, concrete & glass, no heart, no soul, no craftsmanship, and will never have anywhere near the lifespan, that's why it would have been a catastrophic loss, if Notre Dame was gone.
 

DeletedUser108359

we must protect and preserve buildings like these as monuments to man's creative skills of yesteryear, which sadly those skills have nearly all but gone.
i agree and that is something about this fire that puzzles me. Much of the roof beams were made of wood, it had wide airy spaces so lots of oxygen for the fire to breathe, yet from reports iv read it had no real fire preventative measures, such as advanced sprinkler systems etc. Also it would have been a fireman's nightmare to have fought and brought under control, especially with the danger of falling timbers and even the whole building collapsing.
Fortunately they have it under control and it didnt spread to nearby buildings, which must also have been a great concern for them.

As sad as it is to see such a beautiful old building with so much history be so badly damaged, im truly amazed at how many super rich people from around the world have pledged hundreds of millions of euros to restore it again. Yet there are starving dying children all around the world, some living in terrible conditions, but we dont see them pledging anything to help them.