|Notre-Dame de Paris fire, April 15-16, 2019. |
Photo by Antoninnnnn, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The day in question is April 15...
...the day Abraham Lincoln's assassination impelled us to question the underrating of his legacy and the understaffing of presidential security...
...the day the sinking of the Titanic spurred us to question what caused the tragedy and how cruise ships could be made safer, but above all, to question the naïve mindset about her "unsinkability"...
...the day our tax return submissions prompt us to question how much we might save were last-minute filing not our bane...
...and the day the burning of Notre-Dame de Paris left us hanging with the question of just how she should be rebuilt.
|Notre-Dame de Paris in 2010. Photo by sacratomato_hr, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.|
Such a question no doubt divides the Parisian public, who are just as drawn to radical modernism as to the Medieval Gothic of Our Lady. I mean, consider the colossi of contemporaneity that have space-aged the city's landscape over the past 40-odd years...
|Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1977, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco |
Franchini). Photo by Jeff & Brian from Eastbourne, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
|Louvre Pyramid, Paris (1989, I.M. Pei). Photo by Bilderteppich, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.|
|Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (1989-96, Dominique Perrault). Photo by Michaelstephaneboucher, courtesy Wiki.|
|Grand Écran Italie, Place d'Italie, Paris (1992, Kenzo Tange). Photo by David Monniaux, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.|
|Eiffel Tower, Paris (1889, Gustave Eiffel). Photo by Benh Lieu Song, courtesy of Wiki.|
|Notre-Dame de Paris after the fire, courtesy of Tasnim News and Wikipedia.|
|Notre-Dame spire on fire. Photo by Guillaume Levrier, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.|
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