Travelers express shock, horror over Notre Dame fire, share memories of their visits

If you’ve ever been to Paris, chances are you have been to Notre Dame, the massive cathedral and tourist destination in the French capital. And that’s why the shock and sadness over Monday’s fire reverberated well beyond the banks of the Seine and Paris. 

French President Emmanuel Macron summed it up well when he said, “I am sad tonight to see this part of all of us burn.”

After seeing images of France’s most famous church in flames, many travelers –celebrities included – expressed sadness and shared memories of their visit on social media:

“So much history collapsing right before our eyes. Heartbroken for Notre-Dame and Paris,” wrote singer Dua Lipa.

“I’m praying they save the #NotreDame tonight. Such a glorious building,” geminatrix wrote on Instagram, captioning a sunset photo of the cathedral taken last year. “I remember very clearly after some afternoon rain I was walking along the banks of the Siene when the clouds broke apart to this glorious orange sunset. I ran as fast as I could with my little Sony A600, no tripod or filter. Just the camera and the magnificent Cathedral.” 

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I'm praying they save the #NotreDame tonight. Such a glorious building. I took this last year but hadn't posted it. I remember very clearly after some afternoon rain I was walking along the banks of the Siene when the clouds broke apart to this glorious orange sunset. I ran as fast as I could with my little Sony A600, no tripod or filter. Just the camera and the magnificent Cathedral. I really want to go back when I've got my proper kit with me to shoot it again. Let's hope it doesn't get too damaged by this fire!!! 😱😥😱

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“This is absolutely horrible,” wrote @a_towers. “One of the most amazing memories of my life was singing in the Notre Dame Cathedral with my Honors choir when we visited for a Paris/London tour in high school. We got to see the whole place and it was just beautiful.”

This is absolutely horrible. One of the most amazing memories of my life was singing in the Notre Dame Cathedral with my Honors choir when we visited for a Paris/London tour in high school. We got to see the whole place and it was just beautiful. https://t.co/VcVton5yt5

“850 years and survived two world wars. What a huge history and heritage lost to fire,” @louis_endr lamented on Twitter. 

Breaking: Notre Dame Cathedral Paris burns in flame.
Age: 850 years and survived two world wars.

What a huge history and heritage lost to fire.

There’s need to get to the root of the cause. Thorough investigation must be carried out pic.twitter.com/cY3778yoJm

“Construction on Notre Dame started in the 12th century – it isn’t just a building – it’s history, it’s beautiful architecture and a place of worship,” @darlinmatty wrote on Twitter. “It’s heartbreaking to hear about the fire within such an old, beautiful cathedral.”

Construction on Notre Dame started in the 12th century – it isn’t just a building – it’s history, it’s beautiful architecture and a place of worship. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the fire within such an old, beautiful cathedral. pic.twitter.com/Mc8aeq6C5H

“Watching Notre Dame burn makes me feel the way I felt diving on a bleached and dead hunk of the Great Barrier Reef,” wrote @BillMcKibben. “Beauty and meaning can be so vulnerable — not to be taken for granted, ever”

Watching Notre Dame burn makes me feel the way I felt diving on a bleached and dead hunk of the Great Barrier Reef. Beauty and meaning can be so vulnerable–not to be taken for granted, ever

@JerrellZod said he hoped the organizations charged with maintaining historic sites like Notre Dame take notice and take action after what happened in Paris.

“A structure that is over 800 years old burning. A city like Paris doesn’t have firefighting Choppers?” he wrote. “I hope countries with ‘World historic sites’ have (a) plan. Because this can happen anywhere.” 

As an American looking at a world historic site. A structure that is over 800 years old burning. A city like Paris doesn't have firefighting Choppers? I hope countries with "World historic sites" have plan. Because this can happen anywhere. Notre Dame was undergoing renovations. pic.twitter.com/vlqSh23FIc

The cause was unknown, but officials said it could be linked to the $6.8 million renovation work being done around the attic located at the rear of the nearly-1,000-year-old building.

The damage includes the collapse of the roof loss of the spire, which had been located on the roof over the altar.

@ppdurastanti remained hopeful, citing past restorations following World War II.

“… Many churches were damaged or razed all over Europe during WW2. They were repaired, rebuilt. This will be no exception. We will rebuild.”

PHOTOS: The stunning Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

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