On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Firefighters tackled the blaze as flames and smoke rose from the cathedral as it burned. The massive fire broke out at around 6:30 a.m., which did not help with combating the blaze.
Among the damage that Notre Dame sustained, the fire caused the collapse of the cathedral’s roof. Another casualty of the blaze was the cathedral’s iconic spire.
The Notre Dame Cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Notre Dame was the largest structure ever built in its time and is the heart of Paris and a symbol of France. The Cathedral attracted an estimated 13 million visitors and pilgrims yearly.
Following the tragedy, it was clear that people were very disturbed and heartbroken, as they left many emotional comments on the fire. At the time, the “New York Times” reported that French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, “Thinking of all the Catholics and all the French people. Like all our citizens, I am sad to see this part of ourself burn.” Authorities in Paris are still trying to piece together what happened before Notre Dame caught fire.
There have been dozens of fundraisers to repair Notre Dame Cathedral. According to the “CBS News” ”Dozens of fundraisers are cropping up to help pay for what is expected to be a long and laborious effort to repair France’s beloved Notre Dame cathedrals after it was ravaged by fire Monday. CBS News also mentions that several of France’s wealthiest families have pledged to contribute more than $500 million to spearhead the project.
French President Emmanuel Macron has made a promise to rebuild Notre Dame cathedral within five years. Experts fear that the ambitious timeline of five years set by Macron is just too fast and unrealistic. In fact experts warn it is likely to take at least 10 years to rebuild the Cathedral.
Written by Destiny Brown.
New York Times – Fire Mauls Beloved Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
CBS News – How to donate to repair Notre Dame after devastating fire
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