NOTRE DAME DE PARIS: A SYMBOL FOR THE FRENCH, A CHARACTER FOR HUGO.

It was literature that gave Notre Dame a soul. The most perfect description of the Cathedral was dotained for posterity from Hugo’s eternal pages: The Harmonious Parts of a Magnificent Whole. Thus the French writer transformed the building itself into the main character of his novel, placing it on a par with Quasimodo’s unforgettable ones, Esmeraldace Frollo. He defined Notre Dame as the Queen of Cathedrals and devoted the emotion of the two prose works to that imposing stone structure. The Notre Dame Building was so revived through his writings . In the afternoon of April 15, 2019 the fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, the heart of the French capital is consummated. It is shocking to see the terrible logo of the medieval church symbol of Paris and, by extension, of France and all of Europe. To be engulfed in flames is not only this magnificent architectural and Catholic historical monument, but the heart of all French people.

The episode touched me as deeply as if it had been in my own city and I immediately imagined the great pain of the people who reflected in the cathedral the symbol par excellence of France and beyond. I saw the emotion in my grandmother’s eyes, but I was relieved to see the prompt and proactive reaction of the people. I really admire this attitude, the desire to get up and start again. It’s a good example for everyone.

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Tiano Antonino

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