From Extreme Tech:
Paris’ iconic cathedral, Notre Dame, is burning. Construction began on the church in 1163; it was declared finished in 1345. While it’s been damaged and neglected at various points in its 800+ year history, the core of the building has always remained intact.
The fire today could threaten that record.
There is one bit of news that might serve to make these events less bad (obviously nothing is going to make them good). Back in 2015, we discussed the work of Dr. Andrew Tallon, an art historian and historical modeler. Tallon used laser-mounted tripods within the cathedral to build a point cloud of information on every surface and internal feature of the cathedral’s interior.