|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
The iconic cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris suffered considerable damage following a fire on 15 April 2019.
Fire alarms went off at around 6.30 pm, shortly after an evening mass started and as thousands still gathered inside the cathedral. While everyone was evacuated into safety, the roof of Notre-Dame was severly damaged and the spire eventually collapsed. Firefighters managed to fully extinguish the fire in the early hours of the following day.
Several police sources stated the were working on the assumption that the fire had been an accident. French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral following the fire. Groups and individuals also mobilised to help rebuild the monument, and hundreds of millions of euros were pledged since then to finance the required work.
The Notre-Dame cathedral - considered among the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture - has been seen as a symbol of French culture heritage as it played a central role throughout France's history. The 850-year-old cathedral attracts 13 million visitors a year and is one of France's most popular sights.
|Subject Tags||European Heritage|
|Countries / Regions||France|