Another Sad Day for Paris


Another sad day for Paris with Notre Dame burning. Laurie and I were in Paris last July for a conference and stayed in the Hotel Hospital in the hospital building that’s behind the foliage on the left-hand side of the photo above. I added links to posts I’ve done with Notre Dame after the last photo.


Bells that were part of the renovation.




Posts with photos of Notre Dame taken in July 2018 and May/June 2013:


Gone With the Gargoles

Contraband From Notre Dame

The Twelve

Gargoyle in a Bubble

Another Saturday Night in a Life

A Dark Day for Paris

France Day 29

Paris Day Four

Paris Day Three

32 thoughts on “Another Sad Day for Paris

  1. I thought about you and Laurie today as I watched the news. Brandt has only been there once, but he sent a sad text. I appreciate how many images you have shown us over the years, along with explanations.

    • Thanks, Susan. It’s really sad. In 2013 we spent a lot of time inside Notre Dame because we were out of the high tourist season so there was never a line to get inside. We only got inside one day in 2018, but I remembered I did photos of every stained glass window I could see looking through my 2018 photos tonight. That’s a future project processing all those photos of the stained glass windows.

  2. What a horrific fire.

    While watching the news coverage, it was mentioned they had removed the saints from the roof last Thursday for restoration off-site. Also, there was concern, when the fire was raging, of the flames spreading to the Hotel Hospital where you and Laurie. The firefighters were making a last stand at the belfry towers. Hopefully, the towers can be saved.

    Though a much loved church has been lost to fire, I do hope it rekindles the faith.

    • Thanks, David. We were looking at those images earlier. Reminds me of images of bombed out buildings. It looks like most to the vaulted ceiling survived. The removal of the saints is great. Just in time.

      • While it appears large sections of the vaulted ceiling survived, very likely it is structurally compromised. Little probably can be saved after the prolonged exposure to the flames and the water damage. Most interestingly, the Paris fire department had sent in a robotic device that sprayed water throughout the interior (probably stationed in front of the main altar).

        Several more photos of the interior here:

      • No doubt the vaulting is compromised. I was surprised as much survived. The beams in the roof were very large, and I would have expected them to crash through most of the vaulting. I was thinking it’s too bad they didn’t have a helicopter with a large bucket, like we use to fight forest fires, to draw water out of the Seine and dump on the burning roof. Thanks, for the updated photos.

      • The fire science expertise indicated the fire was handled correctly. With a roof line 1,000 ft above the ground, most ladder trucks wouldn’t be able to get a spray that high. The Paris fire chief also said they had put 300 men inside the church – the aim was to find a way into the “attic space” between the roof and the ceiling. Once the spire fell, they pulled everyone from inside. The fire science experts also said church fires are the hardest to extinguish because of the all of the air available in the nave. Once the air superheats, it feeds the flames even more. A water drop likely would have led to a loss of the entire structure.

  3. The gargoyle shots and the bells are outstanding!!!!
    I didn’t read everything, but I checked out all the pics. Thank you, Timothy!

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