When I was a student at a local community college, I took an art history class covering works from cave paintings to the Renaissance era. In discussing architectural gems, several European cathedrals were among sites of which to know various terms and historical facts. Some of these I hadn’t heard of prior to that class. Yet Notre Dame Cathedral is iconic on the same level as other famed attractions holding a great significant past. It is easily recognizable and known worldwide, an important symbolic structure in Christianity.
Yesterday, seeing a BBC Facebook post about such a massive fire engulf the site was a horrifying shock and I could only hope that the cathedral was able to be saved. I know firefighters were doing everything to prevent a total loss of this beautiful, stunning place beloved by locals, travelers to France and admirers from afar.
I caught a news update about what was saved, what was sadly unable to be recovered and that French officials pledge to rebuild. However long it takes, I don’t know. I’d love to visit France and see Notre Dame while there, either in its process of being rebuilt or afterward. Yet I have no set plans for any major travel at the moment. Paris has always been on my list of must-see destinations because it’s romantic and ideal for art and architecture lovers. As I await the chance to wander this gorgeous European city, I’ll be following any word on Notre Dame’s rebuild.