I blogged about my first visit to Notre Dame in 1969 just last year. There are so many wonderful memories about this beautiful structure. It wasn't until this morning that I was able to search my old picture albums from my 1999 visit. At the time, the entire front of the cathedral was covered in scaffolding as it was being cleaned for the year 2000 celebration.
Already, nearly $600 million dollars had been pledged to rebuild the cathedral. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is collecting donations here in the USA. It seems like an easier task to collect the money than it will be to rebuild. But Europeans have restored many churches and palaces destroyed by their wars and I have no doubt this will be any different.
Here are a few of my photos from 1999.