No one could’ve expected that today we almost lose Notre-Dame de Paris, incarnation over 850 years of European history in just a few hours – I’m sure many of you are as heartbroken as I am. While I’m writing this post, Notre Dame de Paris is still on fire: partly devastated, and with precious artefacts, stain glasses and pieces of art lost.
While no one is sure whether at least the towers will survive with the spire already collapsed, I’m just trying to keep the memories of one of the most beautiful and iconic French buildings. Some of the photos are old and blurry because I took them in the pre-Instagram era but considering the events any of them are dear to my heart.
By Osip Mandelstam, translated by A.Z. Foreman
Here where barbarians knelt in Roman court
But things outside betray the secret plan:
A well-turned maze. Primeval wood and stone.
But, stronghold Notre Dame, the more acutely
Где римский судия судил чужой народ,
Но выдает себя снаружи тайный план:
Стихийный лабиринт, непостижимый лес,
Но чем внимательней, твердыня Notre Dame,