France is very well known for its spectacular destinations which capture one’s attention and gives them a feeling of awe. One of these incredibly well-known destinations is the Notre-Dame de Paris, which is a medieval Catholic cathedral in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France. It is one of the most beautiful and most elegant examples of French Gothic architecture. It has enormous and magnificently colorful rose windows with an abundance of its sculptural decoration. The construction of the cathedral began in 1160 under the bishop Maurice de Sully and was completed by 1260. So officially it took 100 years to build. Construction did not stop until the year 1345 which makes it a structure that took almost 200 years to complete. It has a total of 10 bells.

 

Notre-Dame suddenly and horrifically caught fire on the 15th day in April in the year 2019 which devastated the cathedral in Paris. Large parts of it were damaged, and the spire actually lost structural integrity and plummeted to its destruction. The two towers avoided physical damage. Some French authorities have come out and said that the structure was only 15-30 minutes from complete structural failure, which would have so severe that it would have been likely that the entire building would have imminently collapsed. Firefighters were able to save the towers, the façade, buttresses, pipe organ, and the beautiful stained glass windows. Some sections of the stone ceiling collapsed. One firefighter was seriously injured, and two police officers were hurt. The fire was officially blazing for almost an entire day and took the world by surprise.  Firefighters worked round the clock and put in their best efforts to make sure more parts of the cathedral didn’t get damaged. The cathedral is officially 850 years old. The French president Emmanuel Macron has stated publically “we will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully, and I will make sure it is done in the next five years.”  Many people are speculating that an electrical malfunction may have caused the fires. An initial assessment was made recently, and the safety hazards have been prevented.

A restoration expert has stated in a recent interview that it may take up to 10 years to completely restore Notre-Dame and open it to the public again. It would require immense loads of work as it should be treated with a lot of care since the structure in ancient. As the cathedral burned, artists have drawn pictures of Quasimodo, the fictional bell ringer of Notre-Dame, from the movie ‘Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ which is a Disney classic. An artist has represented a picture of Quasimodo embracing the cathedral with a heartbroken expression since it was his home in the movie.

Donations to save and restore the cathedral have skyrocketed and reached more than $700 million. The wealthiest in the world are to be thanked for this kind of rise in funds.