Western Civ Final Essay - Katelyn Bray Professor Luesink...

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Katelyn Bray Professor Luesink Western Civilization Remains of Tragedy The Notre Dame Cathedral is located in Paris, France, and has stood for more than 850 years. The Cathedral is the most visited monument in Paris, having over 13 million visitors every year. On April 15th, 2019, a devastating fire had broken out, leading to the destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral, which left many in shock and despair. Following these days as this event was going live all around the media, people surrounded the smoke and remains of the Cathedral. No other site is France thoroughly like Notre-Dame. The main rival that is a national symbolism is the Eiffel Tower, which is a little more than a century old. However, the Notre Dame has stood tall in Paris since the early 1200s. Many offered to donate money and run fundraisers to help rebuild, as sorrow navigated towards the catastrophe of this iconic building. I believe that any loss of a sacred place in the world is indeed heartbreaking and tragic. Although some believe that this was a tragic event, the world’s reply may offer that this loss is more significant than the destruction of other sacred sites and churches in Native American and African American communities. The destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral is not a greater tragedy than the loss of other religious sites, but simply a more recognized one. The Notre Dame Cathedral is home to many cherished religious artifacts and remarkable art, unlike anything in our universe today. When watching the flames burn the Cathedral, I was devastated and shocked, just like everyone else was, in the fact that this treasurable piece of work was burning down. “So even in distant sections of America and the rest of the world, everyone knows this cathedral,” Mr. Heisbourg said. “It’s universal, Western, religious, literary and cultural, and that’s what makes it different from any other object. It’s the whole spectrum from the trivial to the transcendent, the sacred to the profane.” (Steven Erlanger). Despite that I was
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upset about not having the opportunity to see this building, I was also distressed for France, and others who never got to visit either. It amazes me how just a week before this tragedy, my cousin
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