Imagine a building you’re familiar with—perhaps your city’s town hall, a nearby apartment complex, or even your own home—bursting unexpectedly into flames. Unimaginable, eh?
Essentially, that feeling of horror and disbelief permeates any consideration of the disaster at Notre-Dame de Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral located on the beautiful Ȋle de la Cité.
In this article, we set the fire scene. In four subsequent articles, we explore the cathedral’s history, what was destroyed and what was saved, environmental damage, and restoration efforts.