Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral Is Burning, Here Are Other Famous European Landmarks Destroyed By Fire

paris' notre dame cathedral before the April 15, 2009 fire

Paris’ famed Notre Dame cathedral caught fire on April 15, taking down part of the roof and one spire of the 800-year-old church and threatening the very existence of the European landmark. Unfortunately, other European landmarks, many of which survived not one but two world wars (and the resultant bombing raids) have been done in by fire.

Here is a partial list of European landmarks that have been destroyed, wholly or partially, by fire.

Switzerland’s Kapellbrücke (“Chapel Bridge”)

For roughly 700 years, the ancient wooden Kapellbrücke has allowed visitors to cross over the Reuss river from one side of Lucerne to the next. However, much of that bridge’s original structure was destroyed in a fire on the night of August 18, 1993, devastating the city’s populace. In addition to the wooden planks that made up the bridge, the fire also destroyed dozens of paintings that lined its trusses; only a small handful were able to be restored.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Is Burning, Here Are Other Famous European Landmarks Destroyed By Fire