Part of the reason Notre Dame is still standing is apparently a smart design choice by its medieval architects

The original architects who built Notre-Dame Cathedral in the 12th century deliberately designed it to survive a major fire, an expert has said. The large space between the ground and the base of the spire was “a kind of fire door between the highly flammable roof and the highly flammable interior,” according to Dr. Tom Nickson, senior lecturer at London’s Courtauld Institute. So far, French billionaires and companies have pledged nearly $1 billion to fund repairs. President Emmanuel Macron said Notre-Dame will be rebuilt “even more beautifully.” Visit for more stories. 

Early Medieval builders deliberately designed Notre-Dame Cathedral

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