Tag: Paris (France)

Glass, Golden Flames or a Beam of Light: What Should Replace Notre-Dame’s Spire?

On April 23, about a week after the fire at Notre-Dame in Paris, the designer Mathieu Lehanneur unveiled his plan for a new spire for the cathedral: a gleaming, 300-foot flame, made of carbon fiber and covered in gold leaf, that would be a permanent reminder of the tragedy. The suggestion, first made on Instagram, […]

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How to Move a Masterpiece? If It’s This Big, Very Carefully

It sounds like an old joke: How do you pack up, ship and then unfurl a massive — and massively valuable — painting? Very carefully, of course. William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “La Jeunesse de Bacchus” (The Youth of Bacchus), a joyful scene of mythological frolic, measures a whopping 20 feet long and nearly 11 feet high, and […]

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Notre-Dame Fire Investigators Focus on Short-Circuit and Cigarettes

PARIS — Investigators are converging around two theories of what caused last week’s devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral: a short-circuit near its spire, possibly caused by electrified bells, or negligence by workers carrying out renovations, a theory fueled by the discovery of cigarette butts. On Thursday, for the first time, police investigators were allowed to […]

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Paris Is Getting a New Museum. Here’s a Sneak Peek.

ImageConstruction underneath the dome of the Bourse de Commerce in Paris. The Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s design repurposes a former commodities exchange as a museum for contemporary art.CreditJulien Mignot for The New York Times PARIS — Early next year, after a nearly $170 million redevelopment, Paris’s 130-year-old Bourse de Commerce will reopen as a contemporary […]

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Notre-Dame Musicians Rejoice That Cathedral’s Organ Was Spared

On the evening of April 15, Olivier Latry, one of the world’s greatest organists, arrived at a hotel in Vienna ahead of a planned concert. “I had just put my luggage down and received a text,” he said in a telephone interview. “It was from a friend, and it just said, ‘Notre-Dame is burning!’ and […]

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Notre-Dame, Ravaged by Fire, Faces a New Threat: Rain

PARIS — With rain expected in Paris later this week, workers at Notre-Dame cathedral on Tuesday scrambled to protect the building’s interior, scaling the walls with ropes to put in place giant tarpaulin coverings, the cathedral’s chief architect said. A catastrophic fire last week destroyed the cathedral’s attic and the lead roof, creating gaping holes […]

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Barred From Rallying Near a Scorched Notre-Dame, ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters March On

At the end of a week in which Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris was ravaged by flames, sending waves of anguish rolling across France, “Yellow Vest” protesters on Saturday marched once again in the capital and in cities around the country, demanding that President Emmanuel Macron address the nation’s inequality. Though the number of protesters was […]

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Notre-Dame’s Safety Planners Underestimated the Risk, With Devastating Results

PARIS — The architect who oversaw the design of the fire safety system at Notre-Dame acknowledged that officials had misjudged how quickly a flame would ignite and spread through the cathedral, resulting in a much more devastating blaze than they had anticipated. The system was based on the assumption that the ancient oak timbers in […]

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Surveying the Damage to Notre-Dame, and to Ourselves

Reader reactions to the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris have ranged from outrage at the French government, which some readers say neglected to take proper care of the vulnerable icon, to foreboding, after another great symbol of sanctuary in the world was almost destroyed. “With the destruction of the giant Buddhas in Afghanistan and […]

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The Miracle of Notre-Dame

PARIS — For Georges Duby, a historian of the Middle Ages, one of the defining features of a historic event, or “évènement,” is that it triggers waves of commentary that bring out what had been kept unspoken. The fire that broke out at Notre-Dame this week is a historic event of our times. Monday night, […]

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The Chaplain, the Cathedral Fire and the Race to Rescue Notre-Dame’s Relics

PARIS — By the time the Paris Fire Department’s chaplain made his way inside of Notre-Dame, flames had already consumed most of the cathedral’s roof and its spire had smashed onto the nave. But the flames had yet to reach many of the artworks, artifacts and relics, and it was the Rev. Jean-Marc Fournier’s job […]

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Millions in Notre-Dame Donations Pour In as France Focuses on Rebuilding

PARIS — Days after a fire tore through Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France on Wednesday started to focus on reconstruction, with President Emmanuel Macron having set the ambitious goal of rebuilding the Gothic landmark within five years and donations pouring in from around the world. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said after a special cabinet meeting […]

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France Focuses on Rebuilding Notre-Dame, as Donations Pour In

PARIS — Days after a destructive fire tore through the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France started on Wednesday to focus on reconstruction, with President Emmanuel Macron having set the ambitious goal of rebuilding the Gothic landmark within five years and donations pouring in from around the world. Édouard Philippe, the French prime minister, said after […]

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Notre-Dame, Royal Family, Nissan: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning, We start today with the future of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, jilted British tabloids and a humanitarian relief campaign in Venezuela. ImageA view of the damaged roof of Notre-Dame on Tuesday, in the aftermath of the devastating fire.CreditPool photo by Christophe Petit Tesson […]

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YouTube Fact-Checks the Fire at Notre-Dame With Facts About … 9/11

It was designed to fight misinformation, but a relatively new fact-checking feature on YouTube sputtered on Monday as it displayed information about the Sept. 11 attacks alongside live streams of the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral. The mistake, attributed to a misguided algorithm, underscored the difficulties the sprawling video platform faces as it responds to […]

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Notre-Dame Flames Spread Like Wildfire. Here’s Why.

PARIS — Inside the cavernous cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, the last Mass of the day was underway on Monday of Holy Week when the first fire alarm went off. It was 6:20 p.m., 25 minutes before the heavy wooden doors were scheduled to close to visitors for the day. Worshipers, sightseers and staff were […]

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A Cathedral for a Fragile Age

Kilometer Zero: Notre-Dame de Paris, the place from which distance in France is measured, the reference of a people, the starting point and endpoint, the “epicenter,” as President Emmanuel Macron put it. That is why so many people, religious or not, were in tears as the great cathedral burned. A part of themselves, their bearings, […]

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