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"The massive, majestic cathedral looked like it had been there forever, and would remain until the end of time. If only for a moment, Notre Dame ablaze reminded us that we all share this world; that human history means everyone's past,"
"If only for a moment, the notion of a 'World Heritage,' which UNESCO formally bestows on places that we, as humanity, ought to care for and cherish so that we can pass them to future generations, seemed exactly right. We all hurt over the loss of Notre Dame.""[F]or a time, the flaming Notre Dame Cathedral brought the world together in shared sorrow. For just a moment, we felt history belonged to all of us, and we mourned our common loss."-- Ghitis, a former CNN producer and correspondent. www.cnn.com
Consider the Frauenkirche in Dresden.
Designed around 1720 and completed
around the time of George Washington's
birth, it was nearly completely destroyed
in the infamous February, 13, 1945 fire raid
that leveled, " the Florence of the North".
At least most of the masonry parts of
Notre Dame, Paris still stand, while the
Frauenkirche only had 15% of the walls
standing, while the stone dome, and the
rows of balconies that permitted 3700
to hear sermons on a 125' x 125' floor
plate were all gone.
After 45 years during which the
East German authorities refused to
rebuild it, trees grew in the rubble
pile that had been the Frauenkirche
(Notre Dame in German), a citizens'
group sprang up after renunification
and completely rebuilt it.
Thus, Notre Dame, Paris will again
have all its vaults, its roof and its
1800's - style fleche.
Yes,the rafters will not be 800
or 175 years old, and some of
the stones will likely be new,
but the impact upon countless
people yet unborn will be like the
feeling we have had upon visiting
or worshipping there.
John F. Corkill, Jr., AIA