Why Notre Dame matters, in one Victor Hugo passage


What Victor Hugo wrote to save Notre Dame when it was on the brink of destruction.

  • Constance Grady
  • Vox

Notre Dame is on fire, and its spire has fallen.

As of Monday afternoon, we don’t know for sure how the fire began or how extensive the damage is, but the world has responded to the news with an outcry of horror and grief.

“Paris is beheaded,” one man told the New York Times as the spire fell.

If we lose Notre Dame, we’re not losing only a sacred space, and not only an art treasure.

Notre Dame is a symbol of human accomplishment, and more than that, of…

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