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Monash Experts: Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Monash University experts are available to discuss the following topic:

Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Professor Constant Mews, Director of the Centre for Religious Studies

Contact details: +61 3 9852 3356 / +61 447 094 673 or

“The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is the first of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe. It marked an engineering breakthrough that established a pattern that other cathedrals would follow. It is still the most visited Gothic cathedral in the world today. We only realise its importance when its existence is threatened. The risk of fire was a recurring hazard in the Middle Ages. We are presently in a situation that is no different.”

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