The great icon of Christianity in France. Quite a conquest. A building that has survived numerous occupations, revolutions, the Nazis and two World Wars has succumbed. Will Macron’s government divulge who and what started the inferno? Or will it be too incendiary?
The soaring cathedral, which caught fire Monday, has seen the coronations of kings and emperors, the beatification of Joan of Arc and other famous events
Among many historic events that have taken place at the cathedral, Henry VI of England was crowned king there in 1431 and Napoleon was made emperor in 1804 after taking the crown from the hands of Pope Pius VII and placing it on his own head. In 1909, Joan of Arc was beatified by Pope Pius X inside Notre Dame.
The cathedral also is known for the legend of the hunchback of Notre Dame, the fictional bell-ringer immortalized by Victor Hugo in his 1831 novel, which later was adapted into multiple films, including an animated Disney feature.
The cathedral is a major pilgrimage site for Catholics from France and around the world. Among the holy relics preserved there are a crown of thorns said to have been worn by Jesus during his crucifixion and a piece of the cross on which he was crucified.
The church’s iconic twin towers at the front of the structure make it perhaps the second most recognizable monument in the French capital after the Eiffel Tower. (WSJ)
Notre Dame FIRE: Sick ISIS fanatics praise devastating blaze and call it ‘RETRIBUTION’
ISIS fanatics have posted a chilling message bidding “au revoir” to Notre Dame after the historic cathedral was ravaged by a devastating fire.
By Rebecca Perring, The Express, Apr 16, 2019:
A poster created by an ISIS affiliated propaganda wing shows the cathedral engulfed by flames with the words “have a good day” and describes the inferno as “retribution and punishment”. According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, the Al-Muntasir group created the poster, which reads: “Its construction began in the year 1163 and ended in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism.”
This is not the first time the Al-Munatsir media organisation has revelled in terror attacks that have rocked France over the years.
The Paris prosecutor’s office have ruled out terror-related motives for now and say they are treating the fire as an accident.
French President Emmanuel Macron said an international campaign would be launched to raise funds for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Notre Dame fire: ISIS have revelled in the devastating fire (Image: Al-Muntasir group)
Notre Dame fire: ISIS said the blaze was ‘retribution’ (Image: The Al-Muntasir group)
It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism
The Al-Muntasir group
The fast-moving fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday in a massive, roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France.
Flames that began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof.
As a huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area, Parisians watched from the other side of the River Seine gasped as the spire folded over onto itself and fell into the inferno.
Mr Macron said the whole nation was moved, tweeting: “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn.”
The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts millions of tourists every year.
It is a focal point for French Roman Catholics who like Christians around the world are celebrating Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus.
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