Notre Dame Cathedral (written 2 hours after the fire started)

I snapped this pic of Notre Dame Cathedral on April 1, 2 weeks before the fire as I walked back home from the Shakespeare and Company teen book club.

Notre Dame, April 1 (2 weeks pre-fire) walking home from Shakespeare & Company Teen Book Club.

As the flames continue at Notre Dame, I sit in my apartment just 20 minutes’ walk away, and am truly heart-sick.

The cathedral, along with the Cluny Museum, were what sparked my passion for medieval art. I lived near both when I was 23 and visited them often…first to gawk, then to absorb, then to study. I went on to get my master’s degree in medieval art history. Gothic architecture was a large part of my coursework.

I have spent so much time in the cathedral, on my own, with my kids, and with friends. Most memorably was for Easter Sunday mass, with my late mother around 25 years ago. We were both overwhelmed by the throng of people, the incense, and the grandeur of the building, and had to go sit in the garden outside.

In the last couple of years, it has consistently shown up in my Instagram feed, since I walk by it once a month, on my way to the teen book club I host at Shakespeare and Company, which is directly across the river from it.

Notre Dame is so much more than a church. It’s a symbol, and truly serves as the heart of France. One of my first thoughts was that though the Nazis didn’t succeed in blowing it up (as Hitler had planned), now, 74 years later, it is burning.

Let’s hope that when the flames subside there is enough left to rebuild. What a tragedy.

7 Comments to Notre Dame Cathedral (written 2 hours after the fire started)

  1. by Brill Johnson - On December 4, 2020

    Are creative writing workshops really needed?
    I mean, George Orwell didn’t go to no workshop and neither did Twain.

    What’s so important about these

  2. by Lavonne Urbina - On December 17, 2020

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  3. by Lavonne Urbina - On December 17, 2020

    I like that you write your all memories here when growing or older so can see all your memories and diaries here great idea to keep memories.

  4. by Ashley @ acemyassignment - On May 12, 2021

    Incidents happens and no reason is required to this. We just do some precautions to handle these incidents and to safe lives.

  5. by Olivia Clark - On May 18, 2021

    I did hear of the incident that has happened in the cathedral but didn’t hear that the incident is such massive although I have visited the cathedral in those days too for cryptocurrency exchange and when I was on a tour and it is also one of the wonderful I have visited until now.

  6. by Сlay Jensen - On July 31, 2021

    My family and I also travel very often, and I was also near this cathedral, and absolutely always, I photograph everything, after which I process the photo, and add glitch effects https://www.movavi.com/learning-portal/best- free-glitch-effect-generators.html with which the quality improves significantly.

  7. by Сlay Jensen - On July 31, 2021

    My family and I also travel very often, and I was also near this cathedral, and absolutely always, I photograph everything, after which I process the photo, and add glitch effects https://www.movavi.com/learning-portal/best-free-glitch-effect-generators.html with which the quality improves significantly.

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