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Fire at Nantes Cathedral

  • 18-07-2020 7:48am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭ Gruffalux


    Nantes Cathedral, built in 1400s, reportedly now having major fire.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭ Gruffalux




  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 71,804 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Ted_YNWA


    Mod

    Moving posts to a new thread & to Current Affairs


  • Registered Users Posts: 954 ✭✭✭ MonsterCookie


    that's a shame!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭ Gruffalux


    Oh sorry, did not know if serious enough to warrant own thread. It looks like smoke now not flames so hopefully not as much damage as Notre Dame


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,980 ✭✭✭ s1ippy


    Still "out of control" five minutes ago


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,693 2u2me


    Follows Notre Dame from last year. What exactly is so flammable in cathedrals in France recently. Apart from a few wooden benches it's mostly just a load of stone?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,546 ✭✭✭ Blaaz_


    2u2me wrote: »
    Follows Notre Dame from last year. What exactly is so flammable in cathedrals in France recently. Apart from a few wooden benches it's mostly just a load of stone?

    The roof timbers,being several hundred years old maybe??


  • Registered Users Posts: 796 ✭✭✭ Eduard Khil


    Saint Pierre and Saint Paul cathedral very sad same place has had a roof fire in 1972 took over three years to repair beautiful building I'd love to do a tour of these buildings when the tourism industry is open again. Hopefully not too much damage is done this time


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭ Gruffalux


    Saint Pierre and Saint Paul cathedral very sad same place has had a roof fire in 1972 took over three years to repair beautiful building I'd love to do a tour of these buildings when the tourism industry is open again. Hopefully not too much damage is done this time

    Yes. I am not a Catholic and have not been to a Mass in over 3 decades but I always visit Cathedrals when abroad. Incredible atmospheres. Last year I visited a good few huge Orthodox cathedrals in Eastern Europe. Splendid places. It is horrible to see destructive blazes inside these grand buildings that have had such a cultural force in so many lives for so long. I believe Nantes Cathedral was badly affected by Allied bombing in 1944.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2020/0718/1154072-nantes-cathedral-fire/

    Apparently contained now.
    Hope not too much damage was done.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,854 ✭✭✭ TomTomTim


    Blaaz_ wrote: »
    The roof timbers,being several hundred years old maybe??

    That doesn't explain the fires happening within a couple of years of each other though


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭ Gruffalux


    biko wrote: »
    https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2020/0718/1154072-nantes-cathedral-fire/

    Apparently contained now.
    Hope not too much damage was done.

    From Euro News...

    The "violent blaze" erupted "by the organ located behind the rose window", Ferlay explained.

    "The roof has not been affected", he went on, adding: "the scenario is not comparable to Notre Dame".

    This will be a relief for most French people still reeling from the devastating blaze 15 months earlier at Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris.

    Contrary to the 850-year-old monument in the capital, which still had timber roof beams, the Cathedral of St. Peter and St Paul of Nantes had been renovated with concrete roof beams following a large fire in 1972 which had reduced the roof to ashes.

    The renovation was only completed in 2013.

    Firefighters are expected to remain on site for the rest of the day and have begun to assess the damage.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭ Gruffalux


    Blaaz_ wrote: »
    The roof timbers,being several hundred years old maybe??

    Just read that this cathedral had wooden roof beams replaced with concrete after 1972 fire. Seems to have broken out near rose window. I love the old gothic rose windows.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,620 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    That's sad, hopefully there's not too much damage


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ DelaneyIn


    TomTomTim wrote: »
    That doesn't explain the fires happening within a couple of years of each other though

    On average, 3 catholic churches are vandalized in France per day. Be it beheaded statues, paint thrown on the floor, fires,...

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vandalism-at-hundreds-of-french-churches-n509gwb0d


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,421 ✭✭✭ splinter65


    DelaneyIn wrote: »
    On average, 3 catholic churches are vandalized in France per day. Be it beheaded statues, paint thrown on the floor, fires,...

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vandalism-at-hundreds-of-french-churches-n509gwb0d

    France has an awful lot of problems in this area that the French media are afraid to discuss.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,299 ✭✭✭✭ TheValeyard




  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    The "violent blaze" erupted "by the organ located behind the rose window", Ferlay explained.

    "The roof has not been affected", he went on, adding: "the scenario is not comparable to Notre Dame".


    https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/18/large-fire-at-nantes-cathedral-in-france


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,653 ✭✭✭✭ Plumbthedepths


    Gruffalox wrote: »
    Yes. I am not a Catholic and have not been to a Mass in over 3 decades but I always visit Cathedrals when abroad. Incredible atmospheres. Last year I visited a good few huge Orthodox cathedrals in Eastern Europe. Splendid places. It is horrible to see destructive blazes inside these grand buildings that have had such a cultural force in so many lives for so long. I believe Nantes Cathedral was badly affected by Allied bombing in 1944.

    I do the same myself, not religious at all but the beauty in Catholic/Orthodox churches is undeniable.
    One of the most stunning I saw was in Bratislava. Dark oak and an incredible amount of Goldleaf. Bologna Italy as well, main square near the two towers. Beautiful.
    Christianity has given us some horrific practices but also the direct opposite some stunning and jaw dropping beauty.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,485 ✭✭✭✭ Galwayguy35


    Saw over on Twitter someone said it might have been an abuse victim who set the fire off but it was just a random poster who said it not don't know if its true or not.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,620 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Saw over on Twitter someone said it might have been an abuse victim who set the fire off but it was just a random poster who said it not don't know if its true or not.

    ah the internets says lots of things


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭ Gruffalux




  • Registered Users Posts: 18,541 ✭✭✭✭ Muahahaha


    I do the same myself, not religious at all but the beauty in Catholic/Orthodox churches is undeniable.
    One of the most stunning I saw was in Bratislava. Dark oak and an incredible amount of Goldleaf. Bologna Italy as well, mean square near the two towers. Beautiful.
    Christianity has given us some horrific practices but also the direct opposite some stunning and jaw dropping beauty.


    yeah likewise here, not religious at all but always seek out cathedrals when abroad. Gaudis Sagrada Familia and the Duomo in Milan being two particular highlights, both are stunning buildings. St.Pauls cathedral in London is another great one. Heard theres a good one in Salisbury too with a very tall spire ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 241 ✭✭ excludedbin


    splinter65 wrote: »
    France has an awful lot of problems in this area that the French media are afraid to discuss.
    Opposition politicians have said that the country’s Christian heritage is being threatened by petty criminals encouraged by militant secularism. Critics say the issue is being ignored in a society over which Catholicism has lost the hold it had for centuries.
    Just not the ones you're thinking of.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,653 ✭✭✭✭ Plumbthedepths


    Muahahaha wrote: »
    yeah likewise here, not religious at all but always seek out cathedrals when abroad. Gaudis Sagrada Familia and the Duomo in Milan being two particular highlights, both are stunning buildings. St.Pauls cathedral in London is another great one. Heard theres a good one in Salisbury too with a very tall spire ;)

    I've twice been in Barca twice mad that I never got to the GSF. Will do someday. Only took four trips to Rome to see the Pantheon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,620 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    I've twice in Barca twice mad that I never got to the GSF. Will do someday. Only took four trips to Rome to see the Pantheon.

    well worth it, amazing building


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,240 ✭✭✭ Jimbob1977


    Muahahaha wrote: »
    yeah likewise here, not religious at all but always seek out cathedrals when abroad. Gaudis Sagrada Familia and the Duomo in Milan being two particular highlights, both are stunning buildings. St.Pauls cathedral in London is another great one. Heard theres a good one in Salisbury too with a very tall spire ;)

    123 metres high. A fact known to every Russian schoolchild


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,586 ✭✭✭ Eason Warm Ufo


    x3 seperate ignition points, would have burnt to the ground without 100 firefighters arriving promply.
    This like so many similar incidents on both Christian and Jewish places of worship in France is another 'confirmed act of arson'.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 161 ✭✭ stinkypinky


    Multiculturalism they said, it'll be grand they said.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,620 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Multiculturalism they said, it'll be grand they said.


    Free market, trickle down and rising tides, they said


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