The Notre Dame is historically the most visited monument in Europe. The destructive fire that ravaged its halls on April 15th, 2019, was a devastating blow to not only the French, but to millions of Catholics and history buffs. The fire’s devastation could be felt across the globe as millions watched the flames engulf the building on their local news outlets.
The fire collapsed the iconic spire atop the church, and ate through the original wooden roof of the building. However, the eighteenth-century organ and two bell towers remain in-tact, and can still be seen standing from afar.
The Notre Dame has been closed since the fire broke out on April 15th, and officials anticipate it will remain closed for another five to six years before it is once again rebuilt and safe to enter. As far as history can tell, this will be the first long-term closure of the Notre Dame, ever.
The island the Notre Dame sits on is closed to tourists, and during our visit, these were the closest photos we could get of the Notre Dame.
In the bottom-right corner the image to the right, you can see where the French police have barricaded entrance to the cathedral.
Unfortunately it seems the Notre Dame will be closed to visitors for quite some time, displacing many Parisians whom rely on Notre Dame tourism as their primary income. But, visitors are encouraged to leave messages of hope at the Paris Tourist Office, and are assured that even with the closure, Paris still has much to offer.
This summer, Jessica roamed through many winding French streets in search of three things: white wine, red wine, and rose. With just a single phone power bank and absolutely no understanding of the French language, she found just what she was looking for along with many, many croissants. Her adventures ranged from trying to get a French SIM card from a man who spoke no English, to air drying in a towel-less hostel, to even lugging her 40L Osprey pack up a 3 mile mountain hike to get to her AirBnB in a French vineyard. After her trip, she’s found a profound new love of lavender, macaroons, and waking up before noon. The only thing France was truly missing this summer was Jessica’s cat, Gerty, who she missed very dearly throughout her journeys. She saw The Great Sphinx of Tanis at the Louvre, but it just wasn’t the same. Jessica is currently planning her next backpacking adventure to Greenland and Ireland, where she hopes to find out just how many ways you can cook a potato.