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1. #NotreDame: One of the most magical places on earth.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris was built on a site which in Roman Lutetia is believed to have been occupied by a pagan temple.

#Paris #Fire #NotreDame
2. #NotreDame: The beautiful #Spire of the Cathedral, originally in place 13th-18th century, recreated in the 19th century, has now been completely destroyed by the flames (see middle of the picture).
3. #NotreDame:
- In 1163 the Cornerstone was laid for Notre-Dame de Paris and construction started.
- In 1250 Western towers and north #RoseWindow completed.
- In the 14th century most of the Cathedral was completed.

Picture: Rose Window
4. #NotreDame: Notre Dame has survived many events - In 1793, during the #FrenchRevolution, the cathedral was rededicated to the Cult of Reason, and then to the Cult of the Supreme Being. During this time, many of the treasures of the cathedral were either destroyed or plundered.
5. #NotreDame: In July 1801 Napoleon #Bonaparte, signed an agreement to restore the cathedral to the Church. It was formally transferred on April 18, 1802. It was the setting of Napoleon's coronation as Emperor on December 2, 1804, & of his marriage to Marie-Louise of Austria.
5. #NotreDame: In World War 2 during the liberation of #Paris in August 1944, the cathedral suffered some minor damage from stray bullets. Some of the medieval glass was damaged, and was replaced by glass with modern abstract designs.
6. #NotreDame: Statue of Thomas the Apostle, with the features of restorer Viollet-le-Duc, at the base of the spire, which has now been destroyed by the fire.

#Paris #ThomasTheApostle
7. #NotreDame: The Last Judgement at the central portal of the west facade.

8. #NotreDame: A #Chimera on the west facade - The Chimera according to ancient texts was a fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, often with the head of a goat.

9. #NotreDame: Unlike the fire-breathing Chimera, the #Gargoyle is deemed to be a conveyor of water - Here the Gargoyles are the rainspouts of the Cathedral.

10. #NotreDame: Archangel Michael and Satan weighing souls during the Last Judgement (central portal, west facade) - May #SaintMichael be with Notre Dame tonight.

11. #NotreDame: One of the earliest #organs at Notre-Dame was built in 1403 by Friedrich Schambantz, was replaced between 1730 and 1738 by François Thierry.
The current organ has 115 stops (156 ranks) on five manuals and pedal, and more than 8,000 pipes.
12. #NotreDame: A firefighter on TV states it may take "days" to take care of the final fires.

13. #NotreDame: The fire started around 18:50 local time - The cathedral closes it's doors to tourists at 18:00. So far no fatalities or injuries have been reported.

14. #NotreDame: #LeFigaro & other sources state that restoration works at the Cathedral most likely started this fire.

#Paris #NotreDame
15. #NotreDame: #EmmanuelMacron wanted to hold an important address on TV, concerning steps to deal with #GiletsJaunes & reaching out to the French people.

This was canceled due to the #NotreDameFire.

#Paris #ASign
16. #NotreDame: The text of the #Macron-tweet in English:
"Our Lady of Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn."
17. BREAKING: Now one of the main towers of the #NotreDame-Cathedral is burning! Very sad news!

The "Lady of Paris" is burning!

18. #NotreDame: #France24 and other media report that currently (21:40) over 400 firefighters are trying to take out the fire. It still spreads. Again confirmed: Just putting out all #fires will take days!
19. #NotreDame: Notre Dame fire: CONSTANT UPDATES - LIVE as historic #Paris cathedral goes up in flames: Currently the northern tower has started to burn!
#PARIS mirror.co.uk/news/world-new…
20. #NotreDame: #Trump thinks you need "flying water tankers" - The firefighters in #Paris say "no" - It would damage the structure even more. This is no forrest fire!
21. BREAKING: The chief of the firefighters in #Paris just stated that "he cannot guarantee that the building (the cathedral) can be saved"!

#NotreDame #NotreDameFire #notredamedeparis
22. #NotreDame: I can see some flames and black smoke coming out of the northern towers (watching on #N24 & #France24). One firefighter just stated that they are too high to reach all points. Time for helicopters?
23. #NotreDame: The most important catholic relics, including the #CroneOfThorns, have been saved.

24. BREAKING: A big ray of light and hope in a dark night: The towers of #NotreDame can be saved states the chief of the #Paris firefighters! The #fire still burns, but seems less severe.

#Paris 23:05
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25. BREAKING: #NotreDame: Paris prosecutor states that there is no indication of arson. Via #France24

This supports the initial report that the fire was caused by renovation work in the cathedral.
26. Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in #Paris: first photo taken by a drone
#NotreDamedeParis #NotreDame
Via @GuignolsBand
27. Further pictures from inside #NotreDame
bit.ly/2P9waZ0 via @euronews


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