Notre-Dame has stood tall above Paris since the 1200s, more than 850 years. The cathedral has been the center of attraction for more than 8 centuries. The main rival, which is a century old, Eiffel Tower has been more popular but Notre-Dame has been adorning the place with its gothic charms through centuries. Historian Camille Pascal told the news channel that the fire is destroying the “invaluable heritage”. ” For 800 years the Cathedral has watched over Paris”.
The fire blaze has taken down the gothic beauty and already ruined the spire and the roof. The building was crumbling for a very long time and last year, the Catholic Church in France appealed for funds to save the building. Authorities have not announced the actual reason for the fire on the cathedral but renovation seems to be the closest possibility of the fire.
Due to the fire at the cathedral, President immediately canceled a planned television address to the nation in which he was due to outline his response to recent mass protests by the populist ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement, an Élysée Palace official said. French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived at Norte Dame cathedral and addressing the nation with sympathy and condolences.
French President tweeted the following on the very sad and unfortunate evening in Paris, France.
“I am sad tonight to see this part of all of us burn”. I share in that sentiment.”
“Like all our countrymen, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn,”
A spokesperson stated that the whole place will get knocked down by the fire and there will be nothing left. He said, “It remains to be seen whether the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be affected or not.”
“Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame.
“We can be only horrified by what we see”- Historian Camille Pascal
400 firefighters attempt to bring the blaze under control. More than a hundred people around the area have gathered in the streets around the cathedral, observing the flames in silence. To see such a permanent symbol of permanence burn and collapsed spire in front of their helpless eyes is crushing every Frenchmen’s heart.
French Revolution was the last time when the Norte-Dame suffered a major damaged otherwise it survived two world wars largely unharmed. This time the damage is done and irrecoverable. Though French President Emmanuel Macron promised Parisians that they will “rebuild this cathedral together.”