So as most of you have probably heard by now, Notre Dame de Paris, one of the world’s greatest and most iconic churches, was devastated by a tragic fire on Monday. The good news is that while the interior was badly damaged, the walls and towers were essentially undamaged. Moreover, only one person, a brave Parisian firefighter, was injured, and a lot of the artwork and sacred treasures were saved from destruction.
The biggest loss was the roof and its iconic spire, which were completely destroyed (the collapse of the latter was the most gasp-worthy moment of the entire tragedy). However, plans are already underway to rebuild this great iconic site of Paris, and hundreds of millions of dollars have already been pledged towards that end.
Two years ago, I visited Paris with my wife and daughters, and at the instigation of my younger daughter Natalie I embarked on the climb to the top of the bell tower, something I had never done before. I’m glad I did, because I got to see something that I may never be able to again in my lifetime. I didn’t take many pictures, but here are some close-up shots of the gargoyles and bells of Notre Dame: