Rebuilding Notre Dame will be long, fraught and expensive

World 04/16/19, 12:37

Notre Dame in Paris is not the first great cathedral to suffer a devastating fire, and it probably won't be the last.In a sense, that is good news. A global army of experts and craftspeople can be called on for the long, complex process of restoring the gutted landmark.The work ...

In Notre Dame fire, embers of unity for a fractured France

New York 04/16/19, 12:36

In Paris' heart, a charred and gaping hole. But also a rallying cry.The disfigurement of Notre Dame, the splendid cathedral that has watched over the French capital for centuries and is now a blackened wreck mourned around the globe, felt to Parisians like a body blow, as impossible to stomach ...

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 ...

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 ...

Notre Dame fire shows the power of monuments to the French

Europe 04/16/19, 03:54

Monuments are the emotional backbone of France. That accounts for the despair over a blaze that killed no one, yet seared the collective soul. It is the power Notre Dame had — still has, despite the charred scars on its Gothic walls.It is not only the unique beauty of the ...

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 ...

Some facts and figures about Notre Dame Cathedral

Europe 04/16/19, 01:40

A fire burned parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire as Parisians watched in shock in the streets. 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 de la Cité, a ...

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 ...

Shock, prayers around the world for Notre Dame Cathedral

Europe 04/15/19, 18:55

The world reacted with shock, horror and prayers to the massive fire Monday at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, united in grief and in solidarity with the people of France. As the flames tore through the 12th-century cathedral, Spain's prime minister offered France the help of his country in the ...

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 ...

Update: French leader vows to rebuild damaged Notre Dame

Europe 04/15/19, 17:26

The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:35 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and says he is seeking international help to restore the Paris landmark. Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, ...

Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Europe 04/15/19, 17:13

A massive fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. The blaze collapsed the cathedral's spire and spread to one ...

Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Europe 04/15/19, 16:11

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. The blaze collapsed the cathedral's spire and spread to one ...

Update: Fire chief unsure Notre Dame fire won’t advance

Europe 04/15/19, 15:18

The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 10:05 p.m. A group of Americans from Maine had just finished visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and were in a nearby park when they heard it was on fire. Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre ...

Update: Macron delays TV speech due to Notre Dame fire

Europe 04/15/19, 12:52

The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):7:45 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed a televised speech to the nation because of a massive fire enveloping the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.View from the top of the Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral with ...

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