Notre Dame Fire in Paris

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 Notre Dame Fire in Paris


The moment when Notre Dames spire collapsed in Paris (source: Twitter)

On the evening of April 15, local time, a fire broke out at Notre Dame in Paris. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, a number of cultural relics, including the crown of thorns, have been preserved, and the roseglass windows on the north side are still possible to survive. However, its wooden roof has been devastated. A spokesman for Notre Dame de Paris said: Everything is burning and nothing can be left on the wooden frame.

As an ancient building with a history of more than 800 years, the world laments the damage of this world cultural heritage when the iconic Gothic spire of Notre Dame in Paris collapsed.

Notre Dame de Paris (top) and Notre Dame de Paris (bottom)

The fire at Notre Dame in Paris lasted nearly six hours and was difficult to extinguish, mainly due to two factors. First of all, Notre Dame de Paris is located on the West Bank of the Seine River. Its special geographical location has brought great troubles to fire fighting and disaster relief activities. The fire department had to send out fire boats to put out the fire. Secondly, helicopter water bomb fire extinguishing, a large-scale, top-down fire extinguishing method, will cause damage to the main body of the building, and the weight and impact speed of water will even lead to the collapse of the overall structure. The French fire department therefore dispatched more than 400 firefighters to use high-pressure water guns to extinguish the fire.

Notre Dame fire in Paris has once again aroused peoples attention to the protection of cultural heritage. More than 800 years of historical relics have been damaged, which has once again sounded an alarm for the protection of cultural relics around the world.

Cultural heritage is the witness of history. In the long history of human civilization for thousands of years, there are countless cultural relics. However, they can survive the changes of times, which makes less than one in ten thousand people can be seen by future generations. This requires us to make good use of advanced technical means and professional protection measures to manage and control all kinds of risks.

The interior of Notre Dame de Paris (left) before it was burned down and the interior of Notre Dame de Paris (right) after it was burned down.

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a wooden structure, once the fire, it is very easy to see the wind rising, difficult to control. According to French official news, the fire is likely to be caused by improper repair and preservation. Thus, in the protection of cultural heritage, the extreme importance of daily fire inspection and eliminating fire hazards can be seen. Emergency plans should be made for key relics, so that they can respond quickly and reduce further losses during the best rescue time of an hour when the fire breaks out.

In addition, maximizing the use of modern technology to retain cultural heritage information has become an important means. Under the background of Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence and other high-tech escorts for museums, the digitization of cultural relics has become an indispensable link in the basic work of cultural relics protection. It can record the data of cultural relics from all directions and angles, form an exclusive digital archive for each cultural relic, make the cultural relics have more precise ways of preservation and wider ways of dissemination, and is a powerful complement to the traditional ways of cultural relics protection.

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