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Notre Dame: Burning Questions

Why the Paris cathedral fire happened at just the right moment

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The fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral was an accident, the French authorities immediately announced. Or was it? Paris’s 850-year-old gothic masterpiece is the world’s most-visited monument. It has survived wars and revolutions, but some unidentified spark during building work somehow managed to set alight the “Forest” of 13th-century oak beams that held up its roof, above the stone-arched ceiling.

Those who worked at Notre Dame recall how the tragedy unfolded, and share what the loss of the sanctuary means for them.



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