The 15th of April was a tragic day for everyone across the globe but particularly heart-breaking for those in France as the country’s iconic 856-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames. As for how this occurred, the fire seems to have been as an accidental consequence of the on-going construction on the building, however, an investigation has been opened by the prosecutor’s office to clarify.

As for the extent of the damage, the cathedral has reportedly had two-thirds of the roof destroyed as well as its 19th-century spire. Furthermore, the three iconic rose windows first installed during the medieval era reportedly exploded due to the high temperatures. However, since then more detailed reports have stated that although the West and North windows have been damaged to an extent, all three actually remain intact, I guess we will have to wait for further examinations to confirm their state.

North Rose Window Virgin Mary Jesus Disciples Stained Glass Notre Dame Cathedral Paris France. Notre Dame was built between 1163 and 1250 AD. Virgin Mary Rose Window oldest in Notre Dame from 1250.

However, it’s not all bad news as the main edifice and two bell towers were spared from the destruction as a consequence of the hundreds of firefighters that fought the blaze. As well as this, the City’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, announced – to many people’s relief – that most of the artwork and religious relics were evacuated before they could be claimed.

Once the dust settled on the event, President Emmanuel Macron stood outside the cathedral and vowed to rebuild the beloved structure, saying: “The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn’t fully won yet.” In fact, Macron has already launched an international fundraising campaign in order to raise money for the expensive reconstructions, and as of yet, tens of millions have already been raised thanks to the generosity of people around the world.

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