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I was in tears, it was horrible,

What went through your head when you saw the burn of Notre-Dame? I was in tears, it was horrible. The images reminded me of the Cathedral of Reims, the German

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I was in tears, it was horrible,

What went through your head when you saw the burn of Notre-Dame?
I was in tears, it was horrible. The images reminded me of the Cathedral of Reims, the Germans in the First world war, in the fire. I knew right away: I'm coming now for years.

What fascinates you at the Cathedral?
began as early as the Gothic building 1136, was created the Cathedral of Notre-Dame as an exceptional building. Their dimensions huge. The chorus is incredibly long, the vault height is 33 meters. At the time, the unusually thin Walls allowed for a lighter, more subtle Build, and this revolutionary technology allowed for the installation of larger window – and light effects that had not seen the world yet. At the same time, a new music began with Notre-Dame: its bold architecture, it was brought on by the polyphonic Church music of the "Ars nova" to the Sound.

soul", "heart is used to the big metaphors: "". Why is the Cathedral so important for France?
Geographically, these metaphors votes very carefully. Notre-Dame is situated in the center of the French capital, in the heart of the city, was for a long time the highest building. The Archbishop of Paris, is today the most important ecclesiastical instance of France. In the Notre-Dame, French art, architecture, Religion, politics, compacted for centuries. It was anything other than coincidence that Napoleon was crowned here as the Emperor of. As Victor Hugo made the Cathedral the main character of his novel, you began to deal with the conservation of Notre-Dame – and at the same time, with the protection of historic buildings. Alone, Hugo's novel was already a century event.

How big a value you as a art historian for the damage?
further more, the damage is not estimated yet. The carvings in the choir are some of the main works of art of the 14. Century. I can't imagine, such as water, Soot, and falling beams have... Strong, beautiful choir facilities, which goes back to a vow of Louis XIII, has suffered. This is, respectively, a main work of art of the 17th century. Century. The large roof rider crashes on the crossing, which is referred to in the press incorrectly as the "pointed tower". He comes from the middle of the 19th century. Century. This tower collapsed, is bad enough. Now, fear is in addition to that, this tons is a heavy thing upon impact some of the damage. For example in the sacristy or the treasure chamber, you tried to save, apparently, in dire Need of the valuables. Burned in addition, the North – West tower is where the bells are. And storm can bells, of course, melt in a fire, as we have it on Monday evening seen.

The "building structure" be saved, says the fire brigade. What do you mean? Will talk here about something nice?
Sounds actually. Because at such temperatures, the stone material is changed, it is plaster-like and bursts. The stone loses its stability. In the coming days, a variety of static impairments are likely to come to the fore. Especially the clerestory, the walls, window heights, the facades of the transept, so the elegant look of the pages on the long side of the Church, as well as the North-Western tower seem to me to be at risk.

It is said that the Cathedral had a "diaphane" quality – though made of heavy stone, the building is graceful. Is threatened with this character now?
no. The Notre-Dame is not going to collapse completely. Anyone who has dealt with a number of Gothic churches, you will know how solid the walls are. The hold a lot.

what is the closure duration?
Ten years would be the Worst-Case. But some years it is likely to be. Now the investigation of the cause, the Renovation comes first, then an international panel will review everything. The brand need to be adapted protection measures. And all this not always with the greatest caution, so broken. The cost will be immense. The 100 million Euro, offered by a patron now, not rich by far.

Notre-Dame is an attraction for tourists. Cynical said: Since you don't notice the difference anyway, you might be really matter how much Material in the Cathedral, in fact, still Dating back to medieval times.
it is not that simple. The feeling that one is in a room with the Original, is crucial. With truly original, hardly anything is in an old Cathedral, such as Notre-Dame. There is repaired constantly up to something, and repaired.

What could be the meaning of the fire for France?
France is now deeply divided. Maybe it is closer to this disaster again, perhaps a new national agreement was formed for the rescue of the Notre-Dame. Of an enormous willingness to donate of the French, one can assume that, anyway.

Video: Overview of fire in the Notre-Dame

This is what happened in the fire in the Paris Cathedral.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 16.04.2019, 15:45 PM

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