in The Morning, then tries the town, your wound as nearly as possible. People crowd along the Bank, on the bridges, between the transmission of the TV crews in cars from all over the world. Before the book Shakespeare and Company "store" sits Marthe on a concrete bollard, in her left Hand a roll, in the right a rosary, the eyes small and red from a night without sleep. "She stands still, she's hanging in there," says Marthe and looks over the river to Notre-Dame, to its Cathedral.
she lives only a few Hundred meters away, you see the smoke rise before you the news that something Bad has happened. Notre-Dame is on fire. For nine years, Marthe sings in the choir of the Cathedral. "For 850 years, was able to get the better of her, no-one and now a few hours have destroyed so much." If you speak about this Church, then you are not talking of a building. It tells of the place the "heart of France". She speaks tenderly of Notre-Dame, as a friend, a mother or a sister.
this is how it looks in the Cathedral after the Inferno. Video: AP via SDA
From the front, from the main portal, not noticed the traces of the fire, almost. But if you walk along the Seine and from the side of the Church looks, one sees the russgeschw doctors window, the empty space, where the roof of the equestrian, the huge holes in the scaffolding on the First of the flames to the whole of the roof are ignited.
Who lives in Paris, accustomed to a narrow life. However, in the centre of the city, the view suddenly widens out. Its spreads out the city, so far, that even two Islands, find a place in the river. Ile de la Cité is the larger of them, here is the Notre is Dame and this is the cradle of France, from here the city grew, the country of France.
This is a Pathos solidifies sinks in everyday life. The Notre-Dame a circle of tourists, it's the closing day. The roads are clogged, the Restaurants overpriced. Omitted is celebrated in the North of the city, cozy lived in the South, in the center of Paris solidifies to a post card. Often photographed, too many eyes devoured. It usually requires a particularly beautiful spring day, to the Parisian to see how outrageously beautiful it is here.
This Monday in April, and one of these spring days. And then the post card is burning. If the Wind is from the East comes falling ash flakes on the hair, the smoke welling of sulphur yellow in the sky, then he turns black and obscured one of the towers of Notre-Dame. Only 14 hours later, on Tuesday morning at 9.45 am, according to the fire Department that "the entire fire was deleted". In the night, 400 men and women fight to ensure that the Church will be saved. And the whole world is watching live. Why the fuck is it taking so long? US President, Donald Trump tweeted: "Maybe flying water could be used tanks to clear it. It is important to act quickly!" But it's not that easy. "The drop of water with aircraft on this type of building could cause the collapse of the entire building," tweets the French civil protection.
graphic: the misfortune was, from image to enlarge
If water charges are dropped with a weight of four to six tonnes in excess of a century old, and the fire in its substance is already weakened religious building, the more damage. And it endangers the firefighters who have gone soon after the outbreak of the fire in the interior of the Church, in order to save what can still be saved: The main relic in the Notre-Dame, the crown of thorns of Jesus, the gold robe of king Ludwig of the saints, and as many of the paintings. The Cathedral is a treasure trove. To Delete only the water remains as hose. The fire trucks are fast. The Problem is the height of the roof, where the fire broke out: 45 meters. The pointed tower on the nave, the fold over the wick after an hour like a blazing candle, with its 96 meters.
The more than one hundred meters long roof of Notre-Dame, the art historian la forêt – called the forest. Now you can see why. Each bar is a complete tree trunk, for eight centuries, will receive, for eight centuries, dried. Now this forest as the tinder burns. The heat in the attic reaches 1000 degrees, also because in the Church of 250 tonnes of lead are installed, the heat for a particularly long time to save. On Windows, the towers on the bars, everywhere, the lead melts and acts as a tiled stove. A firefighter is hurt by the lead-in down from the roof dripping. In the evening the fire Department use a drone to see how the flames spread. It soon becomes clear that the roof is lost. The new priority is to save The towers. Succeed. But as the fire is deleted, it is, together with the extinguishing water so heavy damage that no one knows whether and how long the masonry.
As President of Emmanuel Macron logs on to the night for the first Time, he calls the Cathedral of Notre-Dame "a part of us". Actually, Macron had chosen this Monday, to announce how he wants to lead France out of the crisis that triggered the protests of the "gilets jaunes". But the big talk is cancelled, instead he speaks to a country in shock. A part of us. It is also in these words of Macron, France on Tuesday after the fire, a short, almost reconciled.
images: a look Inside
On Tuesday afternoon, the Prosecutor announced that an accident is the most likely cause of the fire. Ironically, the renovations have led to the disaster. However, in the night, as the flames are not yet deleted, the rumors are out of control. Could it be arson? In the network, these messages will be spread by those who sense behind every disaster is a conspiracy. And seem to be happy almost, if you have found a new occasion to spread lies about Muslims, foreigners or any other that you have chosen for the enemy.
is suitable But the Notre-Dame hardly as a Symbol of a culture war. The Cathedral has a big heart. You give the Catholics their spiritual centre, all other French gives you reasons to be proud of their long history, outstanding architecture, their place in the world. The Cathedral of tourists to admire, and in 1996 Disney animated film could use. If you can learn from Notre Dame, something, then, that true greatness is to let each have its place.
in Front of the Church is embedded a bronze star, he marked the "kilometre zero", the point at which all the roads of France, from which the distances on the roads of the country to the capital are measured. In Notre-Dame, the national Saint Joan of Arc in the 15th. Century posthumously rehabilitated, and here married king Henry IV., and here Napoleon was crowned Emperor. It is also the bells of Notre were-lady on may 25. August 1944, the liberation of the city of Paris from the Nazis proclaimed. Who wants, of all things, declare this Cathedral to be a Symbol of the division of the country, it's history as a Board game in which Good and Evil compete against each other. Not like a constant succession of contradictions, which can sometimes be in a particularly happy and very sad moments dissolved.
Everywhere money is collected
"We will build this Church." Emmanuel Macron, together with his Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe and the Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, in front of the burning Cathedral, as he gives the French on Monday evening of this promise. It doesn't take long to realize that Macron will be able to redeem his promise, in spite of clamp state's finances probably. Paris is not only a city of great architecture, it is also the city of the big money. Even in the night to Tuesday, the family announces Pinault, luxury brands such as Gucci has, a donation of 100 million Euro for the reconstruction. Because of the even more luxury billionaire Bernard Arnault can not stand aside. The fire is not yet deleted, as Arnault, Mr trumps over brands such as Louis Vuitton and Dior, his worst rival, and promises 200 million euros for Notre-Dame, a "Symbol of France, its cultural heritage and its unity". The world is now collected.