Billionaire Donors Step Up to Fund Rebuild of Notre Dame Cathedral

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 17, 2019

"When that central spire collapsed in Paris it brought back visions of the bell towers collapsing into the basilica here behind me", said Mailhot as he stood outside the remaining façade of the St. Boniface Cathedral.

Following news of the fire, many Japanese people expressed their sadness online with posts ranging from "I'm terribly sad because I've always wanted to visit the cathedral" to "I'm in shock and distressed".

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the beloved Roman Catholic architectural landmark, and wanted to see it completed within five years. "And we can do it".

Built by Shark Robotics with the help of the fire department, the incredible piece of machinery has many roles: it acts as a water cannon, can help evacuate the wounded and transport vital material, and can even make an inspection of an area thanks to its gas detectors and video. A government official said the cathedral's greatest paintings would be removed starting Friday. However, investigators will be interviewing people who worked on the cathedral's roof, where the flames first started.

"Notre Dame is a place where the soul of Paris resonates: The history of our city is linked to that of the cathedral", Hidalgo said on Twitter.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner could be seen inside the building talking to officials and firefighters.

The blaze burned for almost eight hours before it was contained.

Though "some weaknesses" in the 850-year-old structure had been identified, overall it is "holding up OK", he added.

US President Donald Trump relayed Americans' "condolences" to Macron over the fire, the White House said.

Mr Prades added the three large stained-glass rose windows had not been destroyed, though they may have been damaged by the heat and will be assessed by an expert.

As of Tuesday morning, it had raised $237,857.

Montreal worshippers offered their prayers and held a moment of silence during a special mass after a fire ripped through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. A cause has not been determined, but the building had been under renovation.

He said the investigation would likely be "long and complex".

French businessmen have also pledged hundreds of millions of euros for reconstruction, including Bernard Arnault, France's richest businessman, and Francois-Henri Pinault and his billionaire father Francois Pinault.

Support came from outside France as well, with Apple chief Tim Cook announcing the tech giant would give an unspecified amount to help restore a "precious heritage for future generations".

Smoke rises around the alter in front of the cross inside the Notre Dame Cathedral as a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. Many priceless artworks and cultural relics were taken out before being burned.

Thousands of Parisians and tourists watched in horror Monday as flames engulfed the building and rescuers tried to save as much as they could of the cathedral's treasures.

Firefighers were able to prevent the fire from spreading to Notre Dame's two towers and belfry. Brought to Paris by King Louis IX in the 13th century, it is purported to have been pressed onto Christs head during the crucifixion.

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