They'll have to assess the structural stability first, but for sure it can be rebuilt. I just hope they had it well insured, though I did read that some wealthy donors have pledged over 500 million (Euros?, dollars?) already.
It takes a long time to build a cathedral. And they won't have an easy time finding skilled craftsmen for the 800 year old building techniques. Some modernization of the design is called for. That will be controversial. Some will claim it is being turned into the Pompidou if they change the materials of construction.
But in 15 years time, we should be able to tour the repaired church. The process of adorning it with art and other embellishments never ends and the building will never be exactly like it was.
I wish the French well. Hopefully this unites them rather than divides. I'm seeing some ugly posts on the internet trying to pin the fire on Muslims even though the early evidence points in other directions.
even as children we learned that fires start from simple mistakes (Mrs O'Leary's cow comes to mind)
It's a shocking catastrophe for such an iconic monument. But it's also heartening to see how quickly and how generously financial support has been offered, so it can be thoughtfully restored and will hopefully withstand whatever the next 900 years hold for it.
It's been upgraded and rebuilt in parts a few times during its history so this is another phase that should add to its evolution and personality.
I think there are some dunderheads online who would jump on the bandwagon and try to pin just about any disaster on Muslims. It looks as if unity and togetherness is taking the upper hand with the French who can rise above such scaremongering, bon courage to them
It's all good entertainment, it doesn't cost a penny
After Notre Dame’s disastrous fire Monday, one big question was what sort of insurance policy could possibly be a backstop to help rebuild the 856-year-old world landmark filled with invaluable rarities?
The answer: None.
The vaunted cathedral has no insurance, a spokesman for the French Consulate in New York City told MarketWatch. France owns Notre Dame, just like it owns all religious buildings erected before 1905, he said.
“The French State is self-insured for Notre Dame. It has no insurance. It is supposed to cover its own costs,” spokesman Paul Gadel said. He noted the French State “is charged with maintenance and renovation of those buildings, which it lends to the Church for free.”
My first thoughts when seeing Notre Dame burn were more or less the same as any other's. It was quite a shock, you never expect to see those iconic monuments burning. Lots of historic and valuable pieces were lost forever and that's a pity.
But then, on seeing the fuss that it generated on the media, the crazy amount of donations (almost 1,000 million Euros by now, way more than enough), so much overacting and overreacting, etc... I thought "is it really so important?". Look, like I commented on another thread, I'm watching the Netflix documental series "Our Planet", which gives you a general but serious idea of how the world is being destroyed, to the point that we can't even be sure if it won't be over in 30 years time. I knew it before the documentary, as we all know, but the images and the data that it shows are shocking reminders of the progress of the destruction of our planet.
And that puts things like Notre Dame's fire in perspective. The importance of Notre Dame is symbolic, not practical. Let's be honest, except for Parisians (and not all of them), what all of us regret is that we won't be able to visit the old cathedral as tourists and take a few pictures there, or we'll have to do it in a rebuilt cathedral. That's all the interaction that 99% of the people who are regretting this ever had with the building. Whose life changes because of this? Whose lives are made miserable because of this? And even the few people whose lives change, how more miserable will their lives be because of this? How many deaths did we have to lament because of this? None, luckily no lives were lost! And if no one did it and it was just an accident, that's one less reason to be pissed. So is it really so important? I tend to think it isn't after all. When the world in which we all live is about to catch fire itself, what's the importance of half a church burning in France? As I see it it's a real pity in terms of culture, architecture and tourism, but not the tragedy of mankind that the media made it out to be. That's my opinion.
That being said, now that all that money was donated for reconstruction, I hope the Frenchies make the most out of it and build a nice thing.
orioles70: lots of flooding in Washington today, but the forecast between now and Thursday's concert looks like drier weather is coming
Jul 8, 2019 22:41:41 GMT
eloneen: orioles70 Oh no! Stay safe and dry! We don't want a thousand rivers running past your door on concert night!
Jul 8, 2019 23:54:41 GMT
BIuebird: orioles70 Oh dear, be careful! Hopefully the weather will clear up before your show! So far weather for Philly on Saturday looks sunny, so that's good. Last Saturday we flew into the Philly airport, and the weather was so bad that we were stranded on
Jul 9, 2019 17:47:55 GMT
BIuebird: the tarmac for 3 hours
Jul 9, 2019 17:48:16 GMT
orioles70: it would be nice if the airlines would give you 3 more hours of vacation instead of pushing back from the gate just to bake in an aluminum cylinder - keep the faith BIuebird, you'll be back to PA in time for the show
Jul 9, 2019 20:57:38 GMT
orioles70: meanwhile, the spaceship has been spotted flying low over Lake Okeechobee getting ready to touch down for a gig on the edge of the Everglades - no forum members in South Florida?
Jul 9, 2019 20:58:42 GMT
eloneen: orioles70 Enjoy the concert tonight! I hope the weather cooperates!::mini-graphics-music-577374::
Jul 11, 2019 10:19:01 GMT
orioles70: thanks eloneen, To mash a few metaphors - we may be Standin' in the Rain amidst Summer and Lightning but neither clouds nor rain nor flash of light will keep us from completing our musical pilgrimage
Jul 11, 2019 14:48:57 GMT
BIuebird: Philly concert is tonight, very excited! My nerves are all frayed though, why can't I just enjoy things?
Jul 13, 2019 13:55:32 GMT
eloneen: BIuebird Have a great time tonight at the concert! We're looking forward to hearing about it and seeing some photos! ::smileys-thumbs-951446::
Jul 13, 2019 14:11:33 GMT
orioles70: BIuebird - I know what you mean. It's a beautiful day in Philly, go early, relax and and give us a photo of the family in your Electric Flight Orchestra shirts!
Jul 13, 2019 18:02:33 GMT
BIuebird: Thanks, we had a great time! I posted in the tour thread. Although we did cut it a little close getting there because my dad didn't want to leave earlier, and we got stuck in traffic. I thought I was going to have a heart attack.
Jul 15, 2019 0:39:04 GMT
denny: Any Federer fans as gutted as I am?
Jul 15, 2019 3:39:00 GMT
Horacewimp: I did want him to win denny it was a shame he couldn’t convert the match points. Great weekend for sport tennis, F1 and the cricket final and all hosted in the U.K.
Jul 15, 2019 7:22:43 GMT
vlogdance: I wanted Roger to win Wimbledon as well, but what an epic final. Wore me out just watching!
Jul 15, 2019 11:19:01 GMT
orioles70: it was a great final, the crowd was clearly rooting for Roger and he had a couple of match point chances - don't know how many more chances he will get
Jul 15, 2019 15:18:13 GMT
unomusette: Greetings from Bordeaux! Currently on Musecation until the end of the month, have the luxury of the laptop so hoping to check in more often. Flippin' boiling here, having to make it better with lots of French beer and ice cream, hey ho...
Jul 17, 2019 9:54:23 GMT
eloneen: unomusette I love Bordeaux! Such a beautiful city! Have a great time!
Jul 17, 2019 11:05:00 GMT
Horacewimp: It’s a hard life for you Uno enjoy your holiday.
Jul 17, 2019 13:04:10 GMT