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photoblog image "Fluctuat nec mergitur"

"Fluctuat nec mergitur"

 

My thoughts and sentiments are now at different places of the world where help and support are needed - not only in Paris -  this picture was taken on 3rd January 2014 - and I especially love this view on Notre - Dame from the east-side, but now this side does look so badly destroyed...

 

"Louis Aragon était tout autant obsédé par Notre-Dame qui représente le cœur de Paris. Il en écrit quelques lignes dans son Aurélien (1944) où il décrit l’île Saint-Louis :

« Il y avait Notre-Dame, tellement plus belle du côté de l'abside que du côté du parvis, et les ponts, jouant à une marelle curieuse, d'arche en arche entre les îles, et là, en face, de la Cité à la rive droite…"

 

“Fluctuat nec mergitur,” the motto of Paris for centuries, meaning that (it is) tossed about (by the waves but) not sunk/submerged, is now used again as a slogan after the terrible fire in the Cathedral 'Notre- Dame'.

 

Fluctuat nec mergitur is a Latin phrase meaning “Tossed but not sunk” and translated as “Elle est agitée par les vagues, et ne sombre pas” in French (literally : “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink“). The motto is part of Paris’ coat of arms which represents a white boat floating on rough waters topped with gold fleurs-de-lys. The traditional colours of Paris are red and blue. The French tricolour flag comprises of the two colours of Paris in addition to the King’s colour (white). The motto is believed to have been used since at least 1358 by the powerful Guild of Boatmen of the River Seine. The motto and the coat of arms were made official some 160 years ago by Baron Haussmann on 24 November 1853. In the aftermath of the Paris attacks in November 2015, the motto became very popular as it was extensively used in social media as a symbol of Paris’ courage against terrorism.

...Copyright © French Moments Ltd unless otherwise stated. Read more at https://frenchmoments.eu/fluctuat-nec-mergitur-paris-motto/ .

"Fluctuat nec mergitur"

 

My thoughts and sentiments are now at different places of the world where help and support are needed - not only in Paris -  this picture was taken on 3rd January 2014 - and I especially love this view on Notre - Dame from the east-side, but now this side does look so badly destroyed...

 

"Louis Aragon était tout autant obsédé par Notre-Dame qui représente le cœur de Paris. Il en écrit quelques lignes dans son Aurélien (1944) où il décrit l’île Saint-Louis :

« Il y avait Notre-Dame, tellement plus belle du côté de l'abside que du côté du parvis, et les ponts, jouant à une marelle curieuse, d'arche en arche entre les îles, et là, en face, de la Cité à la rive droite…"

 

“Fluctuat nec mergitur,” the motto of Paris for centuries, meaning that (it is) tossed about (by the waves but) not sunk/submerged, is now used again as a slogan after the terrible fire in the Cathedral 'Notre- Dame'.

 

Fluctuat nec mergitur is a Latin phrase meaning “Tossed but not sunk” and translated as “Elle est agitée par les vagues, et ne sombre pas” in French (literally : “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink“). The motto is part of Paris’ coat of arms which represents a white boat floating on rough waters topped with gold fleurs-de-lys. The traditional colours of Paris are red and blue. The French tricolour flag comprises of the two colours of Paris in addition to the King’s colour (white). The motto is believed to have been used since at least 1358 by the powerful Guild of Boatmen of the River Seine. The motto and the coat of arms were made official some 160 years ago by Baron Haussmann on 24 November 1853. In the aftermath of the Paris attacks in November 2015, the motto became very popular as it was extensively used in social media as a symbol of Paris’ courage against terrorism.

...Copyright © French Moments Ltd unless otherwise stated. Read more at https://frenchmoments.eu/fluctuat-nec-mergitur-paris-motto/ .

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Apr 2019, 02:56
What an impressive image!
Philine: Thank you, Ray!
Joli point de vue sur ce monument historique.
Philine: J'adore ce vue sur Notre- Dame! Merci bien, Martine!
Just lovely, Philine!
Philine: Thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Apr 2019, 06:21
Trying to look on the bright side, it is good that no one died during this national trauma

And - for me, at least - it will be interesting to see how the French rebuild it. There are so many options open to them..
Philine: A steel roof is in particular needed like in Cologne Cathedral. I think that many experts in rebuilding old monuments will be helping at the reconstruction. Many thanks, Chris!
We will all need to be reminded of what she looked like in the days and years to come, Philine. I'm so glad many of us had the chance to see it!
Philine: One of the most impressive places in Paris for me - and I combine this Cathedral with some novels, for example Victor Hugo's Quasimodo. Heel bedankt, Ginnie!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Apr 2019, 07:03
Yes, a very sad day for the French. I sincerely hope that it gets rebuilt in exactly the same style with no attempts to "improve" it.
Philine: A sad day not only for the French. A steel roof (like on the Cathedral of Cologne) might be necessary. I would like to spend some money, but now I think other people in the world need our money, too. Many thanks, Alan!
We have experience in this country after the fires at York Minster and Windsor castle and I am sure we would be happy to help our French friends in any way we can.

Now we have the terrible events in Sri Lanka. No doubt people will put their hands in their pockets to help
Philine: Yes, there might be some help from other European countries ref. to construction of old monuments, and I am sure they will be helping. I think also of the terrible events in Sri Lanka and the current political- religious situation in this country we now get informed about, too. There might be a special relationship between GB and Sri Lanka. Many thanks, Bill! The weather is very good as if nothing bad and sad might be happened.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Apr 2019, 07:50
A wonderful picture of the Notre Dame. I am with Chris here, nobody died and yes, I know the value of what happened is in no words and numbers. They will figure it out and in the same time I hope they figure it out how to solve the problems with the French people, les gilets jaunes is not the solution.
Philine: I agree completely with your comment, Astrid! Yes, my heart is with France, too, considering all the political- social problems there. Heel bedankt and I hope your pc problems can soon be solved.
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Apr 2019, 08:03
A very good picture with the winterly trees and the clouds above... I´m sure the Notre Dame will rise again! Feel very touched by the events in Sri Lanka yesterday, so sadly how evil destroyed so much, unbelievable...
Philine: I agree completely with your words. I feel also very touched by the terrible events in Sri Lanka. Now we are informed, too, about all the religious and political problems on this island. Heel bedankt en een fijne paasmaandag toegewenst, het weer is heel prachtig, Salima!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Apr 2019, 08:25
I feel positive about Notre Dame Philine. Firstly, thankfully, no one was badly hurt. Secondly, I think it has awakened our senses to the importance and magnificence of our religious buildings. It can be restored, and even better with modern techniques. When it reopens it will be something we can be proud is, that this great Cathedral is still vitally important to us.
Philine: I feel hopeful, too, about Notre- Dame - I myself have a special liking for this Cathedral, and I think its importance and magnificence can be compared with other buildings like Peter's Dome in Rome or the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem ... I am sure that many expert architects from various countries, also GB (see Bill's comment), will be helping. Thank you kindly for your comment, Chad!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Apr 2019, 08:27
I like the story of the Priest, when his congregation wondered how they are going to pay for a huge restoration, told them, “We have the money for this project, it’s just that it’s all in your pockets”.
Philine: I like this story, too. But now we need also much money for other parts in our world, for example for the people in Jemen, for schools in Sudan, for Sri Lanka ....
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Apr 2019, 10:11
An excellent picture. Paris seems to be getting into the headlines for all the wrong reasons for the last number of years.
Philine: Heel bedankt, Louis!
It is all so very sad, I suspect it won't be completely restored in our lifetime, these things take decades to happen despite what Mr.Macron said immediately afterwards. This https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-47947577 is what happened just before last Christmas to the church I grew up in and was a chorister for many years, I have sent a donation which will hopefully go a little way to its restoration.
Philine: Oh yes, there are some fire- damaged churches also in our country as we now read in our newspaper. I can understand how sad you have been hearing this about the church you grew up in. I would like to spend some money for Notre- Dame. Many thanks, Brian!
A very sad event - but why on earth is the President having a competition for a new spire!!!
Philine: A competition would not be necessary, I wish that the spire would be rebuilt in the former, elegant way. Many thanks, Prof. Wilson!
it is a beautiful photo of Notre Dame Cathedral Philine... it is a great sadness during the Holy Week... but she will rise again from the ashes... all it takes is time....petersmile
Philine: I'll never forget this Holy Week and these Easter days - so many terrible events ...- Many thanks, peter!
In my opinion, a large portion of the money should come from the Vatican. They certainly have enough funds - that came from the people.

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