What was lost, what was saved from the Notre Dame fire?

Europe 04/16/19, 12:21

More than simply an iconic cathedral and jewel of Gothic architecture, Notre Dame was a treasure trove, housing priceless and irreplaceable marvels of immense religious, artistic, musical, historical and architectural value. Some were lost to humanity forever in the blaze that ravaged the Paris cathedral Monday. Others were spared, at least ...

French tycoons show competitive streak over Notre Dame aid

Europe 04/16/19, 10:41

Two of France's richest men, long locked in a very public rivalry, are once again pitted against each other — this time over flashy and competing donations to rebuild Notre Dame. Billionaire luxury tycoons — Bernard Arnault, 70, and Francois Pinault, 82 — are among France's fiercest business competitors and patrons. On ...

In Paris, our Cathedral lies in ruins

Opinion 04/16/19, 09:55

PARIS—Many of us Americans have strolled the banks of the river Seine across Île de la Cité, listening to the bells of the famous towers of Notre Dame.  It’s been a landmark in Paris for over 800 years, having been built in the 13th century. A center of worship and political ...

Fire out, treasures intact but work ahead for Notre Dame

Europe 04/16/19, 08:03

Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers and the purported Crown of Christ. What remained was a blackened shell of the monument immortalized in Victor Hugo's 1831 ...

Nations express solidarity with France after Notre Dame fire

Europe 04/16/19, 03:17

Nations are expressing solidarity with France after the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral and offering help for the recovery. Monday's fire collapsed the spire and burned through the roof of the 12th-century landmark, sparking outpourings of grief. President Donald Trump called the cathedral "one of the great treasures of the ...

Update: French billionaires act for Notre Dame, 300 million euros pledged

Europe 04/16/19, 03:00

The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 10 a.m. Funding for the reconstruction of Notre Dame is piling up at a spectacular rate, with two of France's richest families together quickly pledging 300 million euros. Businessman Francois-Henri Pinault and his billionaire father Francois Pinault said ...

Why was Notre Dame cathedral on fire? Initial investigations

Europe 04/16/19, 02:51

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has caught fire, and the building is now collapsing. What caused the fire at Notre Dame cathedral? Investigators are treating the fire that engulfed Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as an accident for now, the local prosecutor's office said Monday evening. French media has reported the fire may ...

In the heart of Paris, watching a symbol of France burn

Europe 04/16/19, 00:24

I started running toward the source of the yellow smoke without knowing what it was — only that it was coming from the island in the middle of the Seine at the heart of so much of Paris' history. Past bookshops and cafes, I rounded the corner to see flames ...

Notre Dame’s age, design fueled fire and foiled firefighters

Europe 04/15/19, 21:43

Is there anything firefighters could have done to control the blaze that tore through Paris' historic Notre Dame Cathedral sooner? Experts say the combination of a structure that's more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems led to the quick ...

Prayers, hymns, community shared in firelight of Notre Dame

Europe 04/15/19, 20:19

Some kneeled, some folded their hands to make silent entreaties. Others sang with their eyes focused on the sky that had gone from blue to yellow and orange, and filled with acrid smoke.In an impromptu act of togetherness and hope, Parisians and people just visiting France's charismatic capital came together ...

A devastated art world wept and watched as Notre Dame burned

Europe 04/15/19, 19:38

Notre Dame, a survivor of wars and revolutions, has stood for centuries as not merely the greatest of the Gothic cathedrals and a towering jewel of Western architecture. It has stood, in the words of one shell-shocked art expert, as "one of the great monuments to the best of civilization." And so ...

Notre Dame Cathedral: Some facts and figures

Europe 04/15/19, 17:59

A massive fire engulfed parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire as Parisians watched in shock in the streets below. Here are some facts and figures about the treasured building.NAME: Notre Dame de Paris, which means Our Lady of Paris.CONSTRUCTION: The building stands on the Île ...

Latest: Notre Dame Cathedral in France is engulfed in flames

World 04/15/19, 12:57

Update 3:36 PM ET: It is nighttime in Paris. Firefighters are still battling the blaze and have been racing to save historic art. Locals are hoping the stones hold up. Update 2 PM ET: The roof of the cathedral has completely burned and collapsed. PARIS (AP)—Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at ...

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