THE beloved Notre Dame cathedral was ravaged by a catastrophic fire on Monday April 15, 2019. Having survived wars and revolutions over more than eight centuries, the horrific inferno laid waste to the Gothic building's roof and spire. Here's what we know so far. What started the Notre Dame fire? Fifty investigators have been assigned to probe the origin of the fire which ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15. Detectives have begun interviewing the specialist restorers who were carrying out work on the church's spire. More details have emerged since hundreds of firefighters tackled the historic blaze, battling to stop it wreaking destruction of the treasured facade. The world-famous cathedral's 12th century spire was consumed by the fire - which raged for more than 12 hours - and collapsed into the church as the mammoth blaze tore through the wooden structure supporting the 210-tonne lead roof. But, the facade and twin medieval bell towers were saved, along with many of … [Read more...] about What caused the Notre Dame fire in Paris, was anyone hurt and how much has been raised for the cathedral to be restored?
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THE beloved Notre Dame cathedral was ravaged by a catastrophic fire on Monday April 15, 2019. Having survived wars and revolutions over more than eight centuries, the horrific inferno laid waste to the Gothic building's roof, old church spire and one of its turrets. Here's what we know so far. What started the Notre Dame fire? Hundreds of firefighters tackled the historic blaze overnight on April 15, battling to stop it wreaking complete destruction of the treasured facade after flames torched the roof. However, it is expected to take several days to completely extinguish all remaining pockets of fire, dampen down hotspots and secure the world-famous cathedral. Attention is being focused on what may have caused the landmark, part of which was being restored, to fall victim to such a disaster. The Paris prosecutors' office said cops will carry out an investigation into "involuntary destruction caused by fire", indicating authorities are treating the blaze as a tragic accident for now. … [Read more...] about What caused the Notre Dame fire in Paris, was anyone hurt and and is Salma Hayek’s husband paying for the cathedral to be restored?
A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly millenium old building and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. The cause of the blaze was not immediately confirmed but the cathedral had been undergoing intense restoration work to help the 850-year-old gothic masterpiece better deal with the tests of time. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. Deputy Paris mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told BFM TV the spire "collapsed inwards" and that workers were scrambling "to save all the artworks that can be saved." A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. "Everything is burning," the … [Read more...] about Fire ravages Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, spire collapses
Thousands of anti-government "yellow vest" demonstrators have rallied in the French capital as authorities sought to enforce a ban on protests in certain areas amid enhanced security measures to avoid a repeat of last week's riots. Protesters on Saturday gathered at Denfert-Rochereau square in southern Paris, before marching up north towards the tourist-heavy neighbourhood of Montmartre. The interior ministry said 3,100 protested in Paris, with 8,300 nationwide. The figures marked a decline from the 14,500 counted by mid-afternoon a week ago, with 10,000 in the capital alone. The Champs-Elysees was almost empty except for a large police presence. Scores of shops were looted and ransacked last weekend, and some were set on fire by protesters. Fear of more violence kept tourists away, and police shut down metro stations in the area as a precaution. Dozens of police vehicles, including armoured trucks and water cannon, encircled the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the iconic avenue, … [Read more...] about France: Security in Paris tightened amid fears of further rioting
Out & About Travel Marie-Claire Chappet 21 Mar 2019 Read on The Amalfi Coast: how to escape the crowds Alice Hancock The city of lights has been visited a thousand times or more, but there’s plenty of new additions keeping France’s capital fresh, and adding to the eternal charm that makes it one of Europe’s most enduring travel destinations. Stay The Lutetia Hotel Lutetia, Paris This Grande Dame of Paris is one of the city’s oldest and most prestigious hotels, having played host to everyone from Hemingway to Matisse, James Joyce to Picasso. Originally opened in 1910, this stunning art-nouveau wonder has had a glorious refurbishment, re-opening last summer after a three year absence. Chief architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has done a commendable job of unearthing the Lutetia’s hidden gems, from the original frescos in Bar Josephine to the bright stained glass ceiling in Le Saint Germain restaurant. Though these nods to the … [Read more...] about What’s new in Paris