800+ years of history. Gone.Hello,
Some thoughts that crossed my mind.
When Notre Dame was built, the Arabs still ruled over most of Spain. Italy was a number of city-states at the receiving end of the Silk Route, and the Eastern Roman Empire still existed.
The cathedral saw every single war that ravaged France and Europe since then. It was there when the French Revolution started. It saw Napoleon's self coronation and the turmoil that followed.
Notre Dame was there when the Germans shelled Paris with heavy artillery in World War I and when the Nazis invaded. Then it received the Allies after the liberation of France.
Joan of Arc was canonized there.
It is so sad to see it on fire. A part of our collective story, as both a society and a species, is gone, never to return.