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Notre Dame has stood for over 800 years.

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856 to be exact.

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To put that into perspective: That’s hundreds of years of conflicts, invasions, leaders, plagues, crusades, etc.

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It was damaged, defaced, and looted during the French Revolution.

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In the mid-1800s it was underwent 20 years of renovations and was back to form.

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It survived World War I.

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It survived World War II.

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For over 850 years it was a symbol of Paris, of French history, of even world history.

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And then the fire happened.

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In a few hours, it burnt down.

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But we have to remember this isn’t the first time something like this has happened in history.

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The Monte Cassino monastery was completely destroyed during World War II — this is what it looked like before war:

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And this is what it looked like after the war:

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It was rebuilt.

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The Dresden Frauenkirche in Germany was destroyed during World War II.

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It was rebuilt with new and old stones from the original.

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Even the White House burnt down in 1812.

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Basically what happened was an almost unthinkable tragedy.

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But history is definitely on our side.

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This wasn’t the first and will certainly not be the last time something like this happens.

As President Obama said: «It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.»

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