Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Donors Pledge Some $790Mln to Restore Iconic Notre Dame After Devastating Blaze

Donors Pledge Some $790Mln to Restore Iconic Notre Dame After Devastating Blaze

"You literally can't believe that something like that is happening".

Paris officials said firefighters worked to save as much art work and holy objects from the 12th-century cathedral as they could.

French multinational companies are among those who have pledged money to restore the medieval cathedral, which was engulfed by flames on Monday following a likely accident in its loft.

Pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral reached some 700 million euros on Tuesday amid an outpouring of public support for one of Europe's most iconic monuments.

"If they are deemed to be liable they would be carrying some cover, but it's not unlimited and it's definitely not going to be enough to rebuild the Cathedral".

"Our Lady of Paris in flames", Macron said, "I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn".

Paris' deputy mayor says Notre Dame's organ, among the world's most famous and biggest, remains intact after a devastating fire at Paris' main cathedral.

Even so, repairing the cathedral - including the wooden beams that made up its roof - presents problems.

"Notre Dame is one of the world's great treasures, and we're thinking of the people of France in your time of grief", Obama said.

Archbishop Christian Lépine organized the mass at the city's Notre-Dame Basilica, which is inspired by the historic church in France. The current building was constructed within the still-standing walls of the old cathedral but it isn't almost as grand, in part because the parish didn't have the millions of dollars needed to rebuild, and in part because a decision was made to build a more community-oriented space. There is also little information on the condition of the cathedral's stained-glass windows and its many paintings.

"Notre Dame has survived the revolutionary history of France, and this happened during building works", said influential former culture minister Jack Lang.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the NY archbishop, said New Yorkers were united in sorrow with Parisians, who can "count on our love, prayers, support and solidarity". People gathered near the cathedral to sing hymns.

"It was the focal point of the parish", he said.

Sadness which Mulaire now sees Parisians feeling in the aftermath of this latest blaze, a blaze which has many cherishing memories of seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral.

He has heard others in Winnipeg speak of the hurt they feel at the loss of Notre Dame, but he also thinks his parishioners will feel a sense of gratitude as they celebrate Easter this weekend. "Today's dying, we trust, will bring rising", Dolan said outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.

The official was quoted saying that, when the 19th-century spire had collapsed into the cathedral, the rooster statue had detached "and fallen on the good side. away from the seat of the fire".

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