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Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

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18.04.2019

SCROLLING through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay and sorrow at the damage wrought.

Why is it that some heritage places publicly elicit more emotions than others? There is no simple answer to this question.

But the outpouring of grief for Notre Dame is not simply because it is a beautiful gothic cathedral, or because it is more important than other places.

Extremely heartbreaking #Notre_dame_de_Paris pic.twitter.com/Vro3m29tMA

— Selena (@SelenaVogue_) April 16, 2019

For starters, some heritage places may seem more symbolically important than others because we know more about them, through history, tourism or a personal connections.

They are destinations; as leisure travel has given rise to tourism, they have been transformed by millions of visitors, with their........

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