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Up In Flames: Iconic buildings that were destroyed by fire

Updated : 2019-04-19 23:21:09

Considered to be one of the greatest examples of French Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame Cathedral caught fire on April 15, 2019. The 850-year old Cathedral's famous spire was burned down along with its wooden roof as onlookers saw the horror unfold before their eyes. The cathedral is renowned for the naturalism of its Gothic sculpture as well as its sublime stained glass art, typifying the improvements made over the previous era of Romanesque architecture. The damage to the cathedral has been regarded as a cultural tragedy, but it is not the only famous landmark that has been engulfed by fire. Here are some other iconic structures that went up in flames.

Louvain University, Belgium: The Belgian university has been destroyed by fire twice in its history. Reputed with having one of the finest libraries in Europe, Louvain was burned down once in 1914 when the Germans invaded Belgium during World War I and again during World War II. The university was rebuilt in 1952 and given a protected monument status in 1987.
Louvain University, Belgium: The Belgian university has been destroyed by fire twice in its history. Reputed with having one of the finest libraries in Europe, Louvain was burned down once in 1914 when the Germans invaded Belgium during World War I and again during World War II. The university was rebuilt in 1952 and given a protected monument status in 1987.
Souk Marketplace - Aleppo, Syria: The marketplace was a cultural centre where soap, textiles and spices were sold during the 16th century Ottoman period, according to the World Monuments Fund. It was caught in  the crossfire during the ongoing tussle between the Syrian regime and  opposition forces and was burned down in 2012.
Souk Marketplace - Aleppo, Syria: The marketplace was a cultural centre where soap, textiles and spices were sold during the 16th century Ottoman period, according to the World Monuments Fund. It was caught in  the crossfire during the ongoing tussle between the Syrian regime and  opposition forces and was burned down in 2012.
Crystal Palace, London: Crystal Palace, which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851 held by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and the Royal Society of Arts, making use of its eight miles of display tables, was burned down in 1936 and the remains were fully demolished in 1941.
Crystal Palace, London: Crystal Palace, which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851 held by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and the Royal Society of Arts, making use of its eight miles of display tables, was burned down in 1936 and the remains were fully demolished in 1941.
Paleis voor Volksvlijt — Amsterdam, Netherlands: Paleis voor Volksvlijt or Palace of the people was burned down in 1961. It was the centre of arts and culture with a cavernous theatre that could seat 9,000 people. The Nederlandsche Bank headquarters was built in its place in 1968.
Paleis voor Volksvlijt — Amsterdam, Netherlands: Paleis voor Volksvlijt or Palace of the people was burned down in 1961. It was the centre of arts and culture with a cavernous theatre that could seat 9,000 people. The Nederlandsche Bank headquarters was built in its place in 1968.
National Museum of Brazil — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: The Brazilian landmark burned down in 2018. While no casualties were reported, the Egyptology collection of the museum was destroyed completely. It is estimated that over 92 percent (20 million items) of the museum's artefacts have been lost forever.
National Museum of Brazil — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: The Brazilian landmark burned down in 2018. While no casualties were reported, the Egyptology collection of the museum was destroyed completely. It is estimated that over 92 percent (20 million items) of the museum's artefacts have been lost forever.
The Honey Run Covered Bridge — Butte County, California: The historic bridge was built in 1886 and was the only covered bridge in the US with three unequal sections and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, it was burned down in the camp fire that devastated Northern California in 2018.
The Honey Run Covered Bridge — Butte County, California: The historic bridge was built in 1886 and was the only covered bridge in the US with three unequal sections and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, it was burned down in the camp fire that devastated Northern California in 2018.
Royal Clarence Hotel — Devon, England: Built-in 1769, the landmark hotel was named in honour of the Duchess of Clarence, who stayed there in 1827. The Royal Clarence Hotel collapsed after burning in 2016.
Royal Clarence Hotel — Devon, England: Built-in 1769, the landmark hotel was named in honour of the Duchess of Clarence, who stayed there in 1827. The Royal Clarence Hotel collapsed after burning in 2016.
National museum of natural history — New Delhi, India: Burned down in 2016, the National Museum of Natural History in Delhi was famous for its 160-million-year-old sauropod dinosaur fossil, according to Smithsonian. The 2016 fire destroyed most of the museum's collection.
National museum of natural history — New Delhi, India: Burned down in 2016, the National Museum of Natural History in Delhi was famous for its 160-million-year-old sauropod dinosaur fossil, according to Smithsonian. The 2016 fire destroyed most of the museum's collection.
The Beach Hotel — Galveston Island, Texas: In mysterious circumstances, The Beach Hotel in Galveston Beach, Texas was burned down in a fire in 1882 after only being open for 16 years.
The Beach Hotel — Galveston Island, Texas: In mysterious circumstances, The Beach Hotel in Galveston Beach, Texas was burned down in a fire in 1882 after only being open for 16 years.
Tuileries Palace — Paris, France: Tuileries Palace was built as a royal residence in 1564 as commissioned by Catherine de Médici, queen consort of Henry II of France. The palace was destroyed in 1871 due to arson.
Tuileries Palace — Paris, France: Tuileries Palace was built as a royal residence in 1564 as commissioned by Catherine de Médici, queen consort of Henry II of France. The palace was destroyed in 1871 due to arson.
Notre-Dame Cathedral -Paris, France: The Gothic era Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire on April 15, 2019 that was thought to have started during the renovation work at the Cathedral. The cathedral, one of the most-visited landmarks in France, lost its famous spire to the fire but most of its historical artefacts, including the Crown of Thorns, tunic of Saint Louis and major artworks, were saved.
Notre-Dame Cathedral -Paris, France: The Gothic era Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire on April 15, 2019 that was thought to have started during the renovation work at the Cathedral. The cathedral, one of the most-visited landmarks in France, lost its famous spire to the fire but most of its historical artefacts, including the Crown of Thorns, tunic of Saint Louis and major artworks, were saved.
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