Huge blaze badly damages historic Notre-Dame Cathedral

Hundreds of millions of Euros have already been pledged to reconstruction, and priceless works of art and religious artefacts have been saved, after a major fire broke out at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday.

The 850-year-old Gothic building – a Unesco World Heritage site – is one of the world’s most recognisable attractions, welcoming more than 13 million visitors each year.

The heritage attraction had been undergoing renovation work after concerns were raised that the iconic structure could become unstable after cracks were found in its walls. It's thought that the fire, which engulfed the roof and spire yesterday (15 April) may have begun as a result of the renovation work.

Nine hours after the fire started – hours in which 500 firefighters courageously tackled the blaze – it was declared under control. There were fires in the stone towers of the medieval building, but these were successfully extinguished before they could spread.

French interior minister Laurent Nuñez said that had fire crews not entered the building "without a doubt it would have collapsed". Emergency teams rescued artworks and religious items, including what is said to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus before his crucifixion, and a tunic said to have been worn by King Louis IX when he brought the crown of thorns to Paris.

Following the blaze, French president Emmanual Macron vowed that the cathedral would be rebuilt. The French charity Fondation du Patrimoine is launching an international appeal for funds. Billionaire business leaders have reportedly pledged huge sums already.

While a tragic event, it may be possible to rebuild what has been lost to the exact same specifications – particularly since the cathedral was digitally scanned in meticulous 3D by architectural historian Andrew Tallon in recent years. What can't be replaced is the almost one thousand-year-old roof beams that were lost in the blaze.

"It was one of the oldest – until today – surviving roofs of that kind," said architectural historian Robert Bork in Wired. "It’s incomparable."

In the UK, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, commented: "Its 850 year history has seen Notre Dame withstand revolutionary change and world wars. Now it seems it has been laid low by an accidental fire during renovation works.

"That this should happen at the time of year when Christians focus on the passion and death of Christ seems strange and sad. The Church lives the passion. But the great cathedral will rise again, just as Christians everywhere will next Sunday on Easter Day celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Paris  Notre-Dame  Notre-Dame Cathedral  France 
Hundreds of millions of Euros have already been pledged to reconstruction, and priceless works of art and religious artefacts have been saved, after a major fire broke out at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday. The 850-year-old Gothic building – a Unesco World Heritage site – is one of the world’s most recognisable attractions, welcoming more than 13 million visitors each year. The heritage attraction had been undergoing renovation work
Some 500 fire-fighters were brought in to tackle the blaze /ère de l'Intérieur
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7738     
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7738     
company profile
Company profile: DJW
DJW offer a way to interpret your story through the use of technology. We can provide Audio Visual consultancy to assist in the planning stage, follow up with AV system design, supply and installation, and provide a bespoke control system to suit your operational needs.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
The Perelman Performing Arts Center sits next to Peter Walker and Michael Arad’s 9/11 Memorial
Prince-Ramus was the founding partner of OMA New York, before rebranding the firm as REX in 2006
"If there are many possible solutions, we choose the one that is most beautiful"

Rem Koolhaas’ protege on the challenges of designing a truly flexible arts centre for Ground Zero

Francis graduated as a landscape architect in Belgium. He returned to Lebanon in 1993
"I believe gardens are where the soul rests"

With a focus on desert landscapes and collaborations with Zaha Hadid and OMA, the principal of Francis Landscapes has a deep belief in the power of nature

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
Tue Hesselberg Foged
"We were constantly having to invent new solutions to problems, as we were working with old ruins, a low budget and high ambitions"

Across Denmark, a charity is turning industrial buildings into centres for street sport and art. As the concept prepares to go global, we speak to the people making it happen

An aerial view shows the zigzagging footprint of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Libeskind’s first project
Daniel Libeskind has designed a number of public spaces that deal with difficult or painful historical events
"Architecture can only thrive in a democratic environment"

The Polish-American architect on how his buildings explore memory and identity

Pikaia Lodge’s Sumaq spa is decorated with Peruvian travertine marble. It features a massage room, sauna, whirlpool and gym
Project architect Humberto Plaza
"You can feel God here. When I first saw the site, it felt like heaven on earth. I fell instantly in love with it "

Designing an eco hotel for the Galapagos Islands that allowed the stunning natural surroundings to take centre stage while minimising its impact on the land presented its own unique set of challenges, Ecuadorian architect Humberto Plaza tells Kathryn Hudson

Mary Bowman studied at the University of Virginia and the Architectural Association
"Marina One was quite special in the degree of integration between the landscaping and architecture "

The Gustafson Porter + Bowman partner on the landscape projects changing the face of our cities

The hockey rink was buried below ground and has an undulating, load-bearing green roof above it
"Farrells delivered a streamlined, zinc-clad structure that looks like the snout of a dolphin when viewed from one of the many high-rise apartment towers that overlook it"

Why shouldn’t sports facilities be beautiful? Across Asia, architects are creating landmark buildings for the public, discovers Christopher de Wolf

cladkit product news
Alberto Apostoli and Newform collaborate to launch the A.Zeta showerhead
The showerhead offers two modes; rainfall or waterfall
Megan Whitby
Italian architect Alberto Apostoli has renewed his partnership with Newform – an Italian wellness company – and designed A.Zeta. A.Zeta ...
Koto Design introduces wood-fired hot tub
Koto is known for crafting modular, energy-neutral cabins and homes
Katie Barnes
A striking wood-fired hot tub has been unveiled by Koto, an architecture and design studio which has a passion for ...
Jaffe Holden helps bring Academy Museum of Motion Pictures alive
Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics for the Academy Museum
Magali Robathan
Acoustical consulting firm Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics and audio/video design services for the recently opened Academy Museum of Motion ...
cladkit product news
Diamond balloon concept merges tourist attraction with advertising billboard
Magali Robathan
A group of Dutch engineers have presented a new attractions concept that combines a flying observation cabin with LED digital ...
Alberto Apostoli designs tech-forward Wellness Therapy furniture collection for Varaschin
The furniture collection draws on absolute geometries, pure lines, neutral colours and strong references to nature
Megan Whitby
Furniture manufacturer Varaschin has unveiled the new Wellness Therapy range, designed by Italian spa and wellness architect and designer Alberto ...
Mather & Co and ITV unite to create Coronation Street Experience
Mather & Co has transformed the visitor centre into the ultimate haven for ardent Coronation Street viewers
Magali Robathan
Experience designers, Mather & Co, have orchestrated a remarkable collaboration with ITV to unveil the new Coronation Street Experience, a ...
cladkit product news
Eden project uses drones to spell out climate change warning
Magali Robathan
Almost 300 drones were used to signal an environmental message above the Eden Project’s biomes, during the UN Climate Change ...
Codelocks develops new glass door smart lock
The new lock model allows facilities and building managers to create and manage access via an app or online portal
Megan Whitby
Codelocks has launched its first glass door smart lock to bring intelligent access control to modern spa, leisure, fitness and ...
Fabio Alemanno Design uses elegant semi-precious stones to create memorable spa experiences
Alemanno believes the stones are well-placed in the spa environment thanks to their capacity to positively support physical and mental health
Megan Whitby
Fabio Alemanno Design has expanded its collection with semi-precious stones to enhance spas, wellness facilities, hotels and private residences. The ...
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates