A huge fire ripped through the centuries-old Parisian landmark, Notre Dame Cathedral. The 850-year old Cathedral, which is located in the heart of Paris, has been saved from complete destruction. On Monday evening, it went up in flames. The fire ravaged the entire wooden frame of the Notre Dame cathedral.
One of Christianity’s most beloved monuments, whose spire and roof collapsed but the main structure which consists of two bell towers has remained intact. In fact, the flames burst through the roof and it couldn’t be saved. With huge smoke gliding across the city, ash fell over a vast area.
As smoke and flamed puffed up from the top of the cathedral, Parisians stood on the street and watched it. After sunset, they gathered outside to sing the Ave Maria in French
President Emmanuel Macron referred it as a “terrible tragedy”. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The cathedral’s landmark rectangular towers seem to have withstood the flames, just like its priceless stained glass windows.
Last year leaders circulated an immediate call for finance to restore it. The statues of the 12 Apostles and four Evangelists that stood around a steeple erected in the 1840s were lifted away by cranes last week. The cathedral was started in 1163 and finished by 1260. It still serves as a Catholic church and is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Christian Alain Aupetit.
The fire happened a day after Palm Sunday celebrations and less than a week before Easter. It prompted waves of emotion on social media, with people bemoaning the loss of a cultural and religious jewel.