Some details…Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic Cathedral. It is located in the center of Paris on an island in the Seine River, the Ile de la Cite, in the 4th Arrondissement. I remember learning about the flying buttresses, structural supports, in school when I was in 8th grade. An example of Gothic architecture.
Notre-Dame de Paris, cathedral before the fire. See the tall spire in the center.
April 15, 2019. This iconic structure from the 12th century was on fire. I was glued to the news and heavy-hearted.
Below is Notre-Dame after the fire with all the scaffolding and no giant spire and a large portion of the roof gone. I took this after-photo in May 2019.
Before-After, a defining event.
Great view of the flying buttresses! These Gothic features allowed for thinner, higher walls with large stain-glass windows. Above the scaffolding to the far left of the shorter spire, you can see a gargoyle protruding out.
Pandemic 2020: Another defining event.
I hope you are all safe. LR