Tonight, as the world watched the Notre Dame Cathedral burn, it became clear that the iconic heart of Parisian architecture was more than just a church or a symbol that belonged to a specific religious group. It was a part of the culture of an entire civilization. Merely the span of its existence for the better part of a millennium is awe-inspiring. When one examines the risings and fallings; turmoil and celebrations; conquests and controversies it has seen awe becomes wide-eyed wonder. War and revolution threatened to destroy her. She stood defiantly.
The fires will have to be fully extinguished, the smoke cleared and the embers settled before we know what remains of this stoic masterpiece. As of now, the structure stands against the smoky glow of the Paris skyline. And hope of rebuilding lives on in the hearts of a world that recognizes its significance.