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Week 1: Notre-Dame and the ethics of heritage preservation

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This is two colour photographs showing the before and after of Notre-Dame, both taken from the south, with the river in the foreground. It shows the roof and spire intact, along with the cathedral’s stained-glass windows and belfries. The second image shows Notre-Dame taken after the fire. This photo shows that the spire has totally disappeared and the roof has also entirely burned away.

Inside the cathedral, rubble and wreckage cover the floor, having fallen through the holes in the vault’s stone ceiling. Many of the pews were destroyed, and some of the artworks and stained-glass windows were badly damaged. Overall the harm done was significant although, with the cathedral still standing, it could have been much worse.