'We will rebuild': Macron vows to retore Notre-Dame within five years

Paris fire brigade members work outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday

Shocked crowds watched the rooster fall to the ground on Monday evening as a fire engulfed the cathedral and destroyed its wooden and lead spire. Until the Eiffel Tower was unveiled for the 1889 World's Fair, Notre Dame was the tallest structure in the French capital.

With construction starting in 1163, Paris's majestic Notre Dame Cathedral withstood wars and a revolution only to suffer extensive damage in the fire. He added that the roof restoration work would have to use new technologies. He added that workers were "surveying the movement" of the structure and the contents in it.

The Paris Prosecutor's office, which was investigating, said it was treating it as an accident.

'We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it, ' Macron said in a television address to the nation. Two French billionaires have already pledged a total of 300 million euros toward the cathedral's reconstruction.

LVMH called the cathedral a "symbol of France, its heritage and its unity". Artemis is the holding company owning auction house Christie's and the main shareholder of luxury fashion houses, including Gucci. She said the items "will be quickly transferred to national museums". (Rob McInnes Postcard Collection/Winnipeg Public Library) The front wall of St. Boniface Cathedral still stands, although its bell towers collapsed - a fate avoided by the twin bell towers of Notre Dame. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed the mediaeval monument will be restored after its spire and roof collapsed Monday night in a spectacular blaze thought to be linked to renovation work.

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".

"The organ is a very fragile instrument, especially its pipes". It has not burnt, but no one can tell whether it has been damaged by water.

The 850-year-old Gothic cathedral was home to dozens of objects of cultural and historical significance, including the holy crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus at his crucifixion and the tunic of Saint Louis.

Bertrand de Feydeau, the vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told France Info radio that the roof -made from latticed oak beams from 5,000 trees - could not be replicated, as France did not have oaks the size of those felled in the 13th century.

While St. Boniface Cathedral was never restored to its former stature, Carriere also feels the global significance of Notre Dame will ensure it is rebuilt on a similar scale to the burned structure. In an interview with the Associated Press, he noted that the cathedral's roof can not be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because "we don't, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century". "I love you Paris", 52-year-old wrote Hayek wrote on Instagram.

Archbishop Christian Lépine organized the mass at the city's Notre-Dame Basilica, which is inspired by the historic church in France. A 100m crane lowered the copper statues representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists onto a lorry.



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