• Notre Dame and Authenticity

    Albert Boswijk

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    Notre Dame and Authenticity

    The shocking images of the Cathedrale of the Notre Dame on fire has an enormous emotional impact and respons. "The soul of France is burning, we will rebuild the Notre Dame within five years"; President Macron "To save the heritage of France" Unesco, "the history of our city is linked with the Notre Dame", Anne Hildalgo Maire of Paris."The Notre Dame is a warning to Europe; Do not take for granted what you value", Gilles Gressani. As if the pain and the symbolic damage have to be wiped out as soon as possible. Every respons, every feeling has such a deep meaning, we must explore this further.

    Is the authenticity of the Notre Dame definitely lost? "The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is lamentable. A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed by fire. However, we should not despair. Part of the reason this loss is so upsetting is because we are immersed in a Western way of thinking that equates authenticity with preserving the original materials used to create an object or building. But not all societies think like this" ( by Claire Smith Professor of Archaeology, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University).

    The enormous drive to rebuild the authentic building and meaning calls for a deeper understanding of the concept of authenticity; Anntentikos is origin, source. Lowenthall(x) differentiates between history versus heritage, there are two ways to deal with history; where history describes the empirical events and heritage more the personal attachments to ancient objects.

    Material authenticity( original form and content)

    Conceptual authenticity( the original intention)

    Contextual authenticity(orginal context)

    Functional authenticity( still in use)

    Historical authenticity(incl. visual life history)

    A-historical authenticity( in the orginal state)

    Some of these dimensions friction source; Ex & Lengkeek 1996, Lowenthal Heritage versus the spoils of History and read Economy of Experiences 4th ed.

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