German cathedral expert ‘spellbound’ by Notre Dame fire

Courtesy of Deutsche Welle

On the evening of April 15, 2019 a fire broke out in the upper levels of Notre Dame Cathedral, eventually causing the spire to collapse and consuming much of the roof. The blaze took 15 hours to extinguish, and the full extent of the damage remained unknown two days later as an investigation into its cause got underway. French President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild the iconic Parisian landmark, and donations and offers of help have poured in.

The Cologne Cathedral was severely damaged in bombing during WWII. The reconstruction ended in 1956, though today constant maintenance and renovation still takes place.

Architect and art historian Barbara Schock-Werner was the master builder of the Cologne Cathedral from 1999 to 2012 and therefore responsible for all of the building’s structural conservation work.

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