Notre Dame has been destroyed by a fire. The entire historical treasure has been utterly destroyed. The building was being rebuilt and all of these sort of operations are high level fire hazards. Rebuilding structures that are nearly 1,000 years old is very challenging. France is on fire on several levels. The invasion of France is also at issue here. I expect more of this sort of thing as Europe goes into a regular schedule of self-destruction.
Priceless stained glass windows, gone forever.
If this is a renovation disaster, it is no surprise for me. Very old buildings have wood within the structures which easily burn. One wonders why no sprinkler systems are installed in historic buildings. If this fire is due to a renovation done poorly, this is infuriating. When working on buildings, having some sort of water system for if there are sparks, chemical fires, etc. is highly important.
Of course, most of the time, people work on ancient buildings as if they are working on much younger buildings. This isn’t the only historic landmark to be destroyed: look at the Parthenon, blown up when explosive were stored there! Then there are the endless wars. This is why intact buildings over 1,000 years old are rare.
Christianity is on fire in Europe. It is not growing, it is dying. Watching this cathedral die is shocking but is anyone surprised? I am not.
Back in 1968 when I won a scholarship to study in Germany, I visited the oldest cathedral in Germany in Trier. On a hillside next to the cathedral which was built out of a red sandstone exterior walls lay this broken gargoyle with big, googley eyes and gaping mouth. Poor creature, I asked the priests there if I could adopt him and they said, I could take it away.
I was delighted and explained how I could do this (yes, really) and they panicked and said I could not run off with it. I was only 16 years old back then. My father said, he would have loved to take it, too. But no, the German government wouldn’t let us do this.
This disaster in Paris could be caused by construction techniques and it isn’t the first nor the last. But then, all civilizations have this problem of destruction cycles.