Paris IS Burning: Notre Dame Near Totally Destroyed By Raging Fire

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.

 

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27 responses to “Paris IS Burning: Notre Dame Near Totally Destroyed By Raging Fire

  1. Melponeme_k

    It was deliberate. Just like here, the construction companies there are completely made up of “Migrants”.

    The elites are toasting the fire to Ba’al.

    No doubt there are already plans drawn up for some ugly ass modern building that will be an eyesore for many years to come.

  2. Human stupidity has destroyed many things in the past and will in the future. And as someone who rebuilt historic homes for a living, I know very well the many hazards in that business. Renovations are DANGEROUS.

    I am betting someone was careless. Or it could be a terror arson attack. We don’t know, yet. Either way, it is horrible.

  3. AT

    Terrible.

    I’m not criticizing the fire department, and I certainly wouldn’t want them to risk lives internally battling a blaze in such a structure using wet risers. But, I guess I don’t understand why photos and clips of most sides of the building show no water? I think a saw two photos with a stream or two. Did they give up on it from the outset of discovery?

  4. AT

    How about forest-fire fighting aircraft? That’s how the Soviets put out Chernobyl.

  5. Lou

    4–Word is the water, falling, would cause collapse.
    I wonder what the cause is.

    Time may tell.

    Live coverage available, for those who wish to see.

  6. Fri 10:46 PM 60,215 Views No Comments Share94 Tweet Email4
    Ines Madina is one of three women allegedly involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris Ines Madina is one of three women allegedly involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

    ONE OF THREE women allegedly involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was today sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for earlier offences.

    Ines Madani, 22, was sentenced following a three-day trial during which she was accused of encouraging would-be jihadists to go to Syria and participate in attacks against France between March 2015 and June 2016.
    She used Telegram – an encrypted messaging app widely used by jihadists to communicate.

    Judge Isabelle Prevost-Desprez said that Madani was “recruited” by Oumar Diaw, also known as Abou Barrou, an influential jihadist of the Islamic State group.

  7. So, a jihadist female in France wanted to blow up a car next to Notre Dame
    two years ago and was sentenced for this crime TODAY. And lo and behold, the church is blazing on fire….it looks more and more like this is a deliberate attack by jihadists.

  8. From nearly exactly a year ago, France begged for money to ‘renovate’ the church:

  9. Ziff

    cathedrals are highly flammable , but here we go, it will be the yellow vests fault or the muslims or Trump of course. Heilcopter air drop would have been good ,French are half baked , witless.

  10. Russian TV has the citizens of Paris singing outside the destroyed cathedral. They have stood outside after midnight, singing for at least an hour or more as I post this link. Many hearts are broken over this.

  11. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-22620143

    From six years ago, at Notre Dame, a far right historian killed himself.

    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has said a suicide on Tuesday in Notre-Dame Cathedral was “political”, in a remark condemned by the ruling party.
    Ms Le Pen, who heads the National Front, said Dominique Venner, an award-winning far-right historian, had sought to “wake up the people of France”.
    Mr Venner condemned both same-sex marriage and Islamist influence in France in writings before his death.
    Socialist Party chief Harlem Desir said he was shocked by Ms Le Pen’s words.
    Describing his death as the “gesture of a far-right marginal”, he said the National Front leader had “seemed to justify” his suicide. Such violence was, he said, “very revealing”.

    Mr Venner, 78, walked up to the altar of Notre-Dame, one of the most-visited attractions in France, and shot himself in the mouth with a single-shot pistol on Tuesday afternoon, in front of some 1,500 visitors.

    “I believe it is necessary to sacrifice myself to break with the lethargy that is overwhelming us,” he was quoted as saying in the message.
    “I am killing myself to awaken slumbering consciences.”

  12. https://www.newsweek.com/paris-police-shoot-injure-attacker-famous-notre-dame-cathedral-621705

    From 2 years ago:

    France remains in a state of emergency after a series of deadly attacks by jihadis across the country since January 2015. In November 2015, an Islamic State militant group (ISIS) cell killed 130 people in a rampage through the streets of Paris.

    A Paris police officer shot and injured a man who attacked him with a hammer near the city’s Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, authorities said.

    Police launched a security operation near the site shortly after 4.30 p.m. local time, urging passersby to remain clear of the area, after reports of gunfire and a possible attack at the landmark site. The area in front of the cathedral was closed.

    France’s counter-terrorism office opened an investigation after the attack, the motive for which remains unclear. Police declared the incident over within an hour and the police officer involved sustained only minor injuries.

  13. News from the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8yyiEfHIRA
    France 24 Live news service is insane. The officials in France are claiming the cathedral was mostly intact which is lunacy. The entire interior is utterly annihilated. The stone outer shell is still standing but the building looks like Berlin at the end of WWII.

  14. Ziff

    Le Louvre is next

  15. Zeke

    Yes, renovations are dangerous.

    Meridian Bldg. went on fire during construction – renovation.
    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/New-Jersey-Edgewater-Fire-Apartment-Complex-Avalon-on-Hudson-289416441.html
    Likewise the Avalon complex inferno was under renovation.
    Of course, opportunist could have saw arson as possible under guise of renovation.
    850 yrs. survived two world wars and ….. Revolution ….. Reformation ….. plague ….. Napoleonic wars ….. 900 yrs. of lightening strikes …..
    During renovation, a “fire watch” is supposed to be posted.
    What happened? This is horribly sickening. Whatever the cause. (I would be surprised if terrorism were not a factor.)
    These historical legacy structures are our treasure and require our stewardship.
    This is devastating. Western Civilization.
    A failure of Macron? Security forces preoccupied, distracted?
    I am in grief. Our Lady.

  16. Lisa

    Isn’t April 15th one of those magical number days the elite love so much?

  17. AT

    April 15th is a magic number day that generally coincides with spies or terrorists, or one pretending to be the other.

  18. AT

    The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 2013 coincided with a wave of bombing across Iraq that day.

  19. Zeke

    The Avalon – Edgewater complex inferno was on Jan. 21, 2015:
    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/New-Jersey-Edgewater-Fire-Apartment-Complex-Avalon-on-Hudson-289416441.html

    But April 19 and 20 are other concentrated days: Columbine massacre, 4/20; Waco Branch Dividian siege and assault, 4/19; OKC bombing, 4/19; …. and hitler’s birthday, 4/20; etc.

  20. shawntoh

    From A New Model Of The Universe, Chapter 9, Part 1

    P.D. Ouspensky, 1922

    ” NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

    MANY strange thoughts have always been evoked in me by the view from the top of the towers of Notre Dame. How many centuries have passed beneath these towers, how many changes and how few changes.

    A small mediaeval town surrounded by fields, vineyards and woods. A growing Paris which several times outgrows its walls. The Paris of the last centuries, ” which changes its face every fifty years “, as Victor Hugo remarked. And the people . . . for ever going somewhere past these towers, for ever hurrying somewhere, and always remaining where they were, seeing nothing, noticing nothing, always the same people. And the towers, always the same, with the same gargoyles looking on at this town, which is for ever changing, for ever disappearing and yet always remaining the same.

    Here two lines in the life of humanity are clearly seen. One is the line of the life of these people below; and the other, the line of the life of those who built Notre Dame. And looking down from these towers you feel that the real history of humanity, the history worth speaking of, is the history of the people who built Notre Dame and not that of those below. And you understand that these are two quite different histories.

    One history passes by in full view and, strictly speaking, is the history of crime, for if there were no crimes there would be no history. All the most important turning-points and stages of this history are marked by crimes; murders, acts of violence, robberies, wars, rebellions, massacres, tortures, executions. Fathers murdering children, children murdering fathers, brothers murdering one another, husbands murdering wives, wives murdering husbands, kings massacring subjects, subjects assassinating kings.

    This is one history, the history which everybody knows, the history which is taught in schools.

    The other history is the history which is known to very few. For the majority it is not seen at all behind the history of crime. But what is created by this hidden history exists long afterwards, sometimes for many centuries, as does Notre Dame. The visible history, the history proceeding on the surface, the history of crime, attributes to itself what the hidden history has created. But actually the visible history is always deceived by what the hidden history has created.

    So much has been written about the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and so little is actually known about it. One who has never tried to find out anything about it for himself, or to make something out of the material available, would never believe how little in fact is known about the building of the cathedral. It took many years to build; the dates when it was begun and when it was finished are known; the bishops who, in one way or another, contributed to this construction are also known, and so are the popes and kings of that time. But nothing has remained concerning the builders themselves with the exception of names, and even that seldom.1 And no facts have remained concerning the schools which stood behind all that was created by that strange period which began about the year one thousand and lasted for about four centuries.

    It is known that there existed Schools of Builders. Of course they had to exist, for every master worked and ordinarily lived with his pupils. In this way painters worked, in this way sculptors worked. In this way, naturally, architects worked. But behind these individual schools stood other institutions of very complex origin. And these were not merely architectural schools or schools of masons. The building of cathedrals was part of a colossal and cleverly devised plan which permitted the existence of entirely free philosophical and psychological schools in the rude, absurd, cruel, superstitious, bigoted and scholastic Middle Ages. These schools have left us an immense heritage, almost all of which we have already wasted without understanding its meaning and value.

    In the voluminous records of the church of Notre Dame, which go back beyond the 12th century, there is not a single word about the actual work of the construction of the cathedral. According to the chronicles of the period before the Gothic the libraries of monasteries were foil of descriptions of the construction of their buildings and of the biographies and praises of their builders. But with the coming of the Gothic period suddenly all became silent. Until the 12th century there is no mention of any of the architects.” (From a book by Viollet-le-Duc.)

    These schools, which built the ” Gothic ” cathedrals, concealed themselves so well that traces of them can now be found only by those who already know that such schools must have existed. Certainly the Catholic Church of the 11th and 12th centuries, which already used the torture and the stake for heretics and stifled all free thought, did not build Notre Dame. There is not the slightest doubt that for a time the Church was made an instrument for the preservation and propagation of the ideas of true Christianity, that is, of true religion or true knowledge, which were absolutely foreign to it.

    And there is nothing improbable in the fact that the whole scheme of the building of cathedrals and of the organisation of schools under cover of this building activity was created because of the growing ” heretic-mania ” in the Catholic Church and because the Church was rapidly losing those qualities which had made it a refuge for knowledge.

    By the end of the first thousand years of the Christian era the monasteries had gathered all the science, all the knowledge, of that time. But the legalisation of the hunting and prosecution of heretics, and the approach of the Inquisition, made it impossible for knowledge to reside in monasteries.

    There was then found or, to speak more accurately, created, for this knowledge a new and convenient refuge. Knowledge left the monasteries and passed into Schools of Builders, Schools of Masons. The style later called ” Gothic ” and at the time known as the ” new” or ” modern”, of which the characteristic feature was the pointed arch, was accepted as the distinctive sign of the schools. The schools within presented a complex organisation and were divided into different degrees; this means that in every ” school of masons ” where all the sciences necessary for architects were taught there were inner schools in which the true meaning of religious allegories and symbols was explained and in which was studied ” esoteric philosophy ” or the science of the relations between God, man and the universe, that is, the very ” magic “, for a mere thought of which people were put on the rack and burnt at the stake. The schools lasted up to the Renaissance, when the existence of ” secular science ” became possible. The new science, carried away by the novelty of free thought and free investigation, very soon forgot its origin and beginning, and forgot also the role of the ” Gothic” cathedrals in the preservation and successive transmission of knowledge.

    But Notre Dame has remained, and to this day guards and shows us the ideas of the schools and the ideas of the true ” Freemasons “.

    It is known that Notre Dame, at least in its exterior, is at present nearer to what it was originally than it has been during the past three centuries. After an incalculable number of ignorant pious alterations, after the storm of revolution which destroyed what had survived these alterations, Notre Dame was restored in the second part of the 19th century by a man who had deep understanding of its idea. But what has remained of the really old and what is new it is difficult to say, not for lack of historical data, but because the ” new ” is often in fact the ” old “.

    Such, for instance, is the tall, slender, pierced spire over the eastern part of the cathedral, from which the twelve Apostles, preceded by the apocalyptic beasts, are descending to the four comers of the world. The old spire was demolished in 1787. What we now see is a structure of the 19th century and is the work of Viollet-le-Duc, the restorer of the cathedral during the Second Empire.

    But not even Viollet-le-Duc could create the view from the big towers over the city including this spire and the Apostles; he could not create the whole scenic effect which was undoubtedly a part of the builders’ design. The spire with the Apostles is an inseparable part of this view. You stand on the top of one of the big towers and look towards the east. The city, the houses, the river, the bridges, the tiny, microscopic people. . . . And not one of these people sees the spire, or sees the Teachers descending upon the earth preceded by the apocalyptic beasts. This is quite natural, because from there, from the earth, it is difficult to distinguish them. If you go there, to the embankment of the Seine, to the bridge, the Apostles will appear from there almost as small as the people appear from here, and they will merge into the details of the roof of the cathedral. They can be seen only if one knows of their existence, like so many other things in the world. But who cares to know?

    And the gargoyles? They are regarded either simply as an ornament, or as individual creations of different artists at different times. In actual fact, however, they are one of the most important features of the design of the whole building.

    This design was very complex. To be more exact, it is not even one design, but several designs completing one another. The builders wished to put all their knowledge, all their ideas, into Notre Dame. You find there mathematics, astronomy; some very strange ideas of biology’ or ” evolution ” in the stone bushes, on which human heads grow, on the balustrade of the large platform under the flying buttresses.

    The gargoyles and other figures of Notre Dame transmit to us the psychological ideas of its builders, chiefly the idea of the complexity of the soul. These figures are the soul of Notre Dame, its different ” I “s: pensive, melancholy, watching, derisive, malignant, absorbed in themselves, devouring something, looking intensely into a distance invisible to us, as does the strange woman in the headdress of a nun, which can be seen above the capitals of the columns of a small turret high up on the south side of the cathedral.

    The gargoyles and all the other figures of Notre Dame possess one very strange property: beside them people cannot be drawn, painted or photographed; beside them people appear dead, expressionless stone images.

    It is difficult to explain these ” I “s of Notre Dame; they must be felt, and they can be felt. But it is necessary to choose the time when Paris becomes quiet. This happens before daybreak, when it is not yet quite light but when it is already possible to distinguish some of these strange beings sleeping above.

    I remember such a night; it was before the war. I was making a short stay in Paris on the way to India and was wandering about the town for the last time. It was already growing light, and the air was becoming cold. The moon moved swiftly among the clouds. I walked round the whole cathedral. The huge massive towers stood as though on the alert. But I already understood their secret. And I knew that I was taking with me a firm conviction, which nothing could shake, that this exists, that is, that there is another history apart from the history of crime, and that there is another thought, which created Notre Dame and its figures. I was going to search for other traces of this thought, and I was sure that I should find them.

    Eight years passed before I saw Notre Dame again. These were the years of almost unprecedented commotion and destruction. And it seemed to me that something had changed in Notre Dame, as though it was beginning to have a presentiment of its approaching end. During these years, which have written such brilliant pages into the history of crime, bombs dropped over Notre Dame, shells burst, and it was only by accident that Notre Dame did not share the fate of that wonderful fairy-tale of the twelfth century, Rheims Cathedral, which perished a victim of progress and civilisation.

    And when I went up the tower and again saw the descending Apostles I was struck by the vainness and almost complete useless-ness of attempts to teach people something they have no desire whatever to know.

    And again, as many times before, I could find only one argument against this, namely, that perhaps the aim both of the teaching of the Apostles and of the construction of Notre Dame was not to teach all the people, but only to transmit certain ideas to a few men through the ” space of time “. Modern science conquers space within the limits of the surface of the small earth. Esoteric science has conquered time, and it knows methods of transferring its ideas intact and of establishing communications between schools through hundreds and thousands of years.”

  21. Moe

    Paul Joseph Watson: Elitist Architects Want Notre Dame Rebuilt to Reflect New Globalist France

    “Its burning feels like an act of liberation”.

    https://summit.news/2019/04/17/elitist-architects-want-notre-dame-rebuilt-to-reflect-new-globalist-france/

  22. Moe

    @ 21 Shawntoh

    I read Ouspensky decades ago.his ‘In Search Of The Miraculous’. Decades later, I am now free to associate him with his origins.

    I recall his association with Gurdjieff, his dabbling in Theosophy, etc. I need to know no more about this fellow, who manages to sound so rational, so interested in esoterics of the universe: he’s another front man for the elite religion.

  23. Lou

    22–listen to link in 24

  24. Moe

    Weeping For Notre-Dame – Umz

    Excerpt: Notre-Dame burning then is a symbol, a shocking reminder, of the impermanence not merely of old monuments, but of nations and civilizations. Growing up, I had the firm feeling that France was a living, vigorous, and timeless nation, and I was often moved reading the old Gaullist rhetoric of the need to fight for la France éternelle. When I saw those great monuments of brick and stone found in all major European cities, I had a feeling of solidity, of an immovable heritage, of a stable world. But all this is an illusion. Nothing is eternal, least of all nations and civilizations, although we may present things otherwise to reassure our selves. That is also why Notre-Dame burning was such a shock: there is the most graphic reminder that France is mortal and indeed Western civilization itself is mortal. This is not a new observation of of course, as the philosopher Paul Valéry said in 1919: “We civilizations now know that we are mortal.”

    http://www.unz.com/gdurocher/weeping-for-notre-dame/

  25. I lived in Europe and saw many ruins: Europe has been wracked by destruction more than once! Rome, anyone?

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