Notre Dame Cathedral he owes part of his world-wide fame to the novelist Víctor Hugo. His work 'Our Lady of Paris' (1831) has been taken to the cinema in several adaptations, being the most famous of the'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'Of the factory Disney. This French author already wrote in his novel a fire that devoured the cathedral, something that seems premonitory after what happened yesterday.
The book of Víctor Hugo He dignified the building beyond its religious dimension, which had put it in danger during the most convulsive phase of the French Revolution. With the hunchback Quasimodo as a great protagonist, the novelist narrated with fantasy how it was the maintenance of the bell tower in the fifteenth century.
Victor Hugo called for the preservation of medieval churches
The French author complained about the abandonment suffered by the medieval churches and regretted that perhaps Notre Dame "It soon disappeared from the face of the earth." With his work he called the attention of society and in 1845 a law was passed to restore the cathedral and save it as Victor Hugo dreamed.
The curious thing about 'Our Lady of Paris' is that there is talk of a great fire, one that devours the emblematic cathedral while two gargoyles "vomited incessantly a fiery rain". Today this work acquires a new meaning and then we offer you an extract of how it was described Víctor Hugo the catastrophe.
All eyes were directed to the top of the cathedral and was something extraordinary what they were seeing: in the highest part of the last gallery, above the central rose window, there was a great flame that climbed between the steeples with clouds of sparks , a great flame revolted and furious, from which the wind sometimes tore a tongue in the middle of a great smoke.
Beneath that flame, beneath the dark balustrade of red clovers, two gargoyles with monsters' faces vomited incessantly a blazing rain that stood out against the darkness of the lower façade. As those two liquid jets approached the ground, they were scattered in bundles, like the water that comes out of the thousand holes of a watering can.
Above the flames, the enormous towers, of which in each one stood out two faces, one all black and one totally red, seemed even higher because of the enormous shadow that they projected towards the sky. His innumerable sculptures of devils and dragons took on a gloomy aspect and gave the impression that the restless clarity of the flame gave them movement. There were serpents that seemed to laugh, gargoyles that could be thought to howl, salamanders that snorted in the flames, tarascans that sneezed through the smoke; and among all those monsters, awakened thus from their stone sleep by that flame and by that cry, there was one who walked and who, from time to time, was seen passing through the front of the fire like a bat before a light . Surely that strange lighthouse was going to awaken, in the distance, the woodcutter in the hills of Bicetre, afraid to see the giant shadow of the towers of Our Lady tremble on its heather.