Today is a sad day for the world. Notre Dame, the famed Cathedral in Paris, burned as the day came to a close. We still don’t know what caused it or how much of the church will remain when the flames have finally calmed, but Twitter has been filled with messages of support for Paris and stories of the church.
I was lucky enough to visit Notre Dame when I was 16 years old, and it was a truly breathtaking vision. A storied landmark on an island in the Seine, Notre Dame, with its saints and gargoyles, reminded us of its history and its significance at every turn. To think how much has been lost is a lot to unpack, and many of us are actively mourning the fire’s destruction. But many also turned to Twitter to share their love for the Cathedral and what Notre Dame meant to them.
This building transcends all religions, nations and differences. Its one of the greatest pieces of history and architecture in the world and probably my favorite. This video brings tears to my eyes. ❤️❤️❤️😱 https://t.co/eLuUaLh0HT
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) April 15, 2019
Took this yesterday when we were just walking around marveling at how something can be so extraordinary and so enduring. I feel sick. pic.twitter.com/WDfG90e3aI
— Sophie Gilbert (@sophieGG) April 15, 2019
My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019
The burning and partial collapse of Notre Dame is hard on so many levels. Hard not to see it both for the loss of itself and what history it carries and also as a symbol for the fragility of things and the dangers and anxieties of our era. I can’t watch it, honestly.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) April 15, 2019
Chills: The church bells of Paris are ringing for Notre Dame https://t.co/5q3PvQJj8n
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) April 15, 2019
May Notre Dame be rebuilt and may we see that beautiful history—and its future—once more.
(image: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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