Notre Dame Cathedral More Popular Than Ever Before

Written by Monkey Woods

Sunday, 21 April 2019

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Visitors make their way to Notre Dame along the Champs-Elysées

Authorities in France have said that Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is attracting more visitors than ever before.

The twelfth-century monument to French medieval religion was engulfed in flames last Monday, resulting in the loss of its roof and famous spire.

Since then, however, the fire-ravaged building has become extremely popular with those interested in historical religious sites, as well as those who are the type of person who just can't stop staring when they see a serious road accident, and crane their necks to do so.

Prior to the blaze, Notre Dame recorded visitor figures of around 10,000 per week, but this has risen to more than 200,000 since Monday.

One visitor, Jack Trenton, who travelled all the way from New York to see the awful sight of the burned-out shell, said:

"We had to come. We couldn't miss it. This was a piece of history. We wanted to witness the destruction and devastation first-hand. It was great!"

And Sandra Briggs, from London, told us:

"The opportunity to come here, and stand amongst the rubble, see the charred timbers and scorched insides, and choke on centuries-old dust, was too good to pass up. I even got a selfie in front of the catastrophic scene!"

A spokesman for one French tourist organisation said:

"If this is the kind of visitor reaction we can expect, we might have to consider setting other attractions on fire."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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