Today, Monday, 15 April 2019, is a day that will not be forgotten or remembered happily in history. On this day, during Holy Week, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris was engulfed in flames beginning at 6:40PM CEST. As of 12:00AM CEST, the fire still burns at Notre-Dame.
Fire consumes Notre-Dame de Paris
Construction of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris started in 1163 and was largely finished by 1345. The cathedral is located the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. Over its more than 800 years of existence, Notre-Dame has been subject to numerous renovations.
The Nave of Notre-Dame de Paris
The Cathedral has been the sight of numerous events of immense historic importance. It is a Roman Catholic Church that serves as an icon of Paris and France: it contains numerous treasures of immeasurable worth. The full extent of the loss is not yet known.
Here is a small selection of images of European royal history that have occurred at Our Lady of Paris.
King Henry VI of England is crowned King of France on 16 December 1431 at Notre-Dame
The Marriage at Notre-Dame of King François II of France and Queen Mary of Scots on 24 April 1558
The Coronation of Napoléon I as Emperor of the French on 2 December 1804 at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame
The Marriage of the Duke of Berry and Princess Marie-Caroline of the Two Sicilies on 17 June 1816 at Notre-Dame
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who mourn this horrific event.