After a devastating fire tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday (April 15), one woman claimed the cross remained untouched because of God.
The historic landmark lost its famous spire and most of its roof in the blaze; thankfully though, most of the relics and pieces of art kept inside were able to be saved.
One such relic was the cross, which remained in tact along with the alter it stood behind, despite large parts of the cathedral’s floor and walls being destroyed.
The fire broke out on Monday afternoon, with the Deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, describing Notre Dame as having suffered ‘colossal damages’.
Emergency services worked hard to salvage priceless art and artifacts which were stored inside, although Notre Dame spokesperseon Andre Finot told French journalists, as per the Independent, ‘Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame’.
People in the French capital were advised to stay away from the area, with both the spire and roof of the historic cathedral collapsing shortly after the fire broke out.
Throughout the blaze, one woman was sure God had spared the cross – which stood behind Notre Dame – posting a picture of the surviving object.
Kaylee Crain tweeted her followers to ponder how they don’t believe in God, pointing to the cross as proof he exists.
After all the aftermath and destruction of the Notre Dame fire, the alter and cross remained untouched.
Please explain to me how you don’t believe in God after seeing this.
After all the aftermath and destruction of the Notre Dame fire, the alter and cross remained untouched. Please explain to me how you don’t believe in God after seeing this. pic.twitter.com/xUFmB7VnRG
— Kaylee Crain (@kayleecrain__) April 16, 2019
Immediately though, her tweet was inundated with responses by people telling her she was wrong – pointing out the metal cross had a higher melting point than the fire.
One person suggested the education system had ‘clearly failed’ the woman, while another simply pointed her towards ‘science’.
Another told her to go away and do some homework, with the general consensus being she was wrong – and people certainly weren’t afraid to tell her so.
Your suggestion that a roughly 600°C fire could somehow melt a metal with a 1064°C melting point PERFECTLY illustrates why we desperately need education reform!
I'm sorry the education system has so clearly failed you. We obviously need to do better. :-(
— ASPK (@aspk93) April 16, 2019
Here is your homework… take a small piece of gold and put it in a metal pan or tray. Place this tray in a fireplace and light a fire using only wood as the fuel. Let us know how it goes.
— Alternative NOAA (@altNOAA) April 16, 2019
Since the fire has been extinguished, there’s hope the people of France will rebuild one of the country’s biggest icons.
Donations have already poured in for the rebuilding of ‘Our Lady’, with donors having already pledged more than €700 million, according to Reuters.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).