People around the world watched in horror on Monday, April 15, as the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, was consumed by flames. The fire, which according to French prosecutors was probably caused by an accident, destroyed the roof, the tower and parts of the interior of the building. Despite the intensity of the flame, 400 firefighters were able to wipe it out and save the structure from total destruction, reports the CNBC. Now French President Emmanuel Macron vows to rebuild Notre-Dame and donations are already flowing into the country.
The facade of the cathedral and the famous twin bell towers are still standing after the fire on Monday. The interior was also better, as photos of the inferno suggest. Bernard Fonquernie, an architect who was renovating Notre-Dame in the 1
Many of the valuable relics and artworks within the church have also been saved. including the crown of thorns, the Catholic Church believes that Jesus bore during his crucifixion. After Notre-Dame had caught fire yesterday, firefighters, police and urban workers formed a human chain to remove the treasures from the building as quickly as possible.
The Parisian prosecutors assume that the fire was accidentally triggered and I have launched an investigation into the exact cause of the tragedy. In the meantime, President Macron tweeted yesterday that France will rebuild Notre-Dame in the coming years.
The cost of the damage is not clear, but France is already receiving money for the restoration: So far, more than 400 million euros (or 452 million US dollars) have been raised. Major donors include some of France's richest citizens: Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault pledged € 100 million and Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury group LVMH, pledged € 200 million]