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Notre Dame—1163 and all that

A year on from the fire the future of the cathedral is still uncertain

By Keith Miller   June 2020

(200415) -- PARIS, April 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- File photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows the Notre Dame Cathedral on fire in Paris, capital of France. The cathedral in central Paris caught fire on April 15 last year. (Xinhua/Alexandre Karmen)

Just over a year ago, fire ripped through the upper parts of Notre Dame de Paris, without doubt the world’s most famous Gothic cathedral, though by no means (let’s whisper it) the best, even in France. Agnès Poirier’s book on the fire and the cathedral’s 850-year career must therefore have been written at some speed. This has bequeathed a certain energy: the events of the fire and its aftermath are told in the present tense, like a classier…

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