Notre Dame celebrates first Mass since devastating fire

World Jun 16, 2019

Notre Dame celebrates first Mass since devastating fire

The archbishop wore a hard hat, burned wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since a devastating fire ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire on April ...

World Jun 16, 2019

Ancient Afghan citadel collapses; other cultural heritage sites at risk

An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed last week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country's cultural heritage and the government's ability to protect them. The old citadel, known as Ghaznain Fort, originally ...

I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

World May 17, 2019

I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

I.M. Pei, the pre-eminent U.S. architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New York, his sons' architecture firm said Thursday. He was 102 years old. From the controversial Louvre Pyramid in Paris ...

France passes law on speedy Notre Dame restoration

World May 11, 2019

France passes law on speedy Notre Dame restoration

French lawmakers on Friday approved a controversial law for restoring Notre Dame within five years, after the famous Paris cathedral sustained major fire damage last month. Renovating the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, whose wooden roof was largely destroyed in the April 15 blaze, will be an ...

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized as investigators probe cause

World Apr 20, 2019

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized as investigators probe cause

Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of the Notre Dame Cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters were leaving the site Friday night, a fire service official said. The promising development came as Notre Dame's ...

An ancestor of Paris' Notre Dame still stands in war-torn Syria

World Apr 20, 2019

An ancestor of Paris' Notre Dame still stands in war-torn Syria

An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: A fifth-century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Standing in the village of Qalb Lozeh (Heart of the Almond), the cathedral is widely hailed ...

Notre Dame to get temporary wooden cathedral during rebuilding

World Apr 18, 2019

Notre Dame to get temporary wooden cathedral during rebuilding

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre Dame's chief priest said Thursday. Speaking to France's CNews television channel Monsignor Patrick ...

Outrage to icon: Paris marks 30 years of I.M. Pei's Louvre pyramid

World Mar 29, 2019

Outrage to icon: Paris marks 30 years of I.M. Pei's Louvre pyramid

It was once decried as an architectural "obscenity," but as the Louvre's glass pyramid turned 30 on Friday, it had long since become a cherished icon of the French capital. One eminent writer called for revolt in the streets when French President Francois Mitterrand's flamboyant ...