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The fire of 1914
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The bombing of Reims Cathedral in 1914 completely destroyed its roof and damaged its ornaments. Despite the hoisting of white flags, 25 bombs set fire to the wooden beams and the straw covering the cathedral's floor, then used as a hospital. The lead tiles melt, and the wooden framework did not resist and collapsed. The fire also destroyed the Palace of Tau, then the residence of the city's archbishops.
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