The cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris is burning ...
J'ai senti les larmes monter impétueuses lors que j'observai en TV les gens en prière rassemblés devant la Cathédrale.
A terrible tragedy to see such a place destroyed. And on your birthday. I hope that as much of the art as possible has been saved and that the building can be rebuilt.
Latest reports are that many of the windows came through, the relics were saved, and that many major statues were removed as part of a restoration project, which will now become a reconstruction.
From the most recent photos it looks like the damage to the interior may not be as bad as thought.
There is a lot of fire debris on the floor but most of the interior looks to be intact. ( altar, chandeliers, sculpture, pulpit, all look OK.)
A few holes in the ceiling.
Gothic Cathedrals were designed to survive roof fires. They were common in the middle ages so they developed a system of putting an independent wood roof over the stone structure of the building. The wood would burn but the rest of the stone structure could survive.
Hopefully once the damage is assessed it will be discovered that restoration will be possible.
A lot of work and money will be required but I think it might be back as good as ever.
Lets all hope!!!