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  • What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?

    Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, holds historical and symbolic significance for both France and the world, say two University of Illinois historians.

    The Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that as an “architectural, cultural and artistic jewel,” says one University of Illinois history professor. Another notes how the church demonstrates the “extraordinary sophistication and durability” of medieval building and the church's key role in the history of music. “It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that music as we know it was invented in, and for, the resonant space of Notre Dame.”

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  • Editor’s note:  To reach Tamara Chaplin, email tchaplin@illinois.edu. To reach Carol Symes, call 217-778-7987; email symes@illinois.edu.