Notre Dame Fire: What we know
- In the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris broke out on Monday, a major fire.
- The cathedral, which has just been renovated, suffered extensive damage.
- The authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
- No deaths were reported.
- The construction of Notre Dame began in 1163 and was completed in 1345.
The iconic tower at the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris collapsed after a major fire on Monday. The video showed how a part of the roof of the cathedral collapsed as the fire continued to burn.
"Everything is burning, nothing is out of line," said Andre Finot, spokesman for Notre Dame, to the French press, the Associated Press. On Monday evening, Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters that firefighters had managed to save the cathedral's landmarks from the fire.
Gallet said, "We now believe that the two towers of Notre Dame have been saved," Reuters reported. "We believe that the main structure of Notre Dame has been preserved and preserved." There is still a risk that some of the internal structures might collapse, he said.
A deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, said the cathedral had suffered "colossal damage". President Emmanuel Macron came to the scene to see the damage and meet the emergency services.
The French Sécurité Civile, part of the French Ministry of the Interior, said hundreds of members of the Paris Fire Department did everything they could to control the fire and save the historic structure. The Agency said in a tweet"All means are used, except for aircraft with depth charges, which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral."
French President Emmanuel Macron: "We will rebuild."
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the nation on Monday night. Macron called the fire a "terrible tragedy" and confirmed that the stone facade of the cathedral and the two main towers did not collapse during the destruction.
"I'll tell you all this tonight – we're going to rebuild this cathedral together, this is probably part of the French fate, and we will do it in the next few years." Starting tomorrow, a national fundraising program will transcend our borders "Macron said.
Fire a "tragedy for the world"
Christophe Girard, Deputy Mayor of Paris, responsible for culture, said the massive fire in the historic Notre Dame Cathedral is a "tragedy for the world". He spoke with CBSN as the fire continued to burn, saying that some valuable images and other artifacts had been saved.
Dramatic photos of the destruction of the fire
Dramatic videos and photos spread on social media on Monday, showing the roof and top of the nearly 900-year-old cathedral, which went up in flames and inflated huge amounts of smoke from the roof.
The tower and roof collapsed, and the cathedral's world-famous stained glass windows were destroyed.
The Ile de la Cité, the island of the Seine, on which the cathedral is located, has been evacuated. Thousands of spectators gathered on the bank of the river to watch the terrible scene.
Priceless art and artifacts inside
Some of the treasures in Notre Dame have been reported as being rescued, although officials still have no complete inventory of what was saved from the fire and what was lost. A centuries-old reed and gold crown of thorns and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th-century king of France, have certainly been robbed, according to Notre Dame's chief clerk, Monsieur Patrick Chauvet said, according to Reuters. The firefighters, however, have had trouble getting rid of some of the cathedral's large paintings in time, he said.
Cause is being investigated
The authorities have not published any information about the cause of the fire and said they were being investigated. The fire may possibly involve renovations that were carried out at the site, the fire department said. An extensive scaffold covered part of the roof as part of the $ 6.8 million project before the fire broke out.
Vatican expresses "great shock and sadness"
The Vatican expressed "great shock and sadness" over the fire in Notre Dame, which took place during Holy Week before Good Friday and Easter. She called the cathedral "a symbol of Christianity in France and in the world".
In a statement, the Vatican said: "We express the closeness to the French Catholics and the Parisians, and we assure our prayers for the firefighters and those who do everything they can to face this dramatic situation."
President Trump: "It's part of our culture"
President Trump commented on the fire on Monday afternoon when he attended a round-table conference in Minnesota. He called it "a terrible sight".
"It's one of the great treasures in the world," he said. "It's part of our culture, it's part of our life, it's a really great cathedral, and I was there, I saw it, and there's no cathedral in the world like this, it's a terrible scene."
The President added, "It looks like it's burning to the ground."
Former President Obama on mourning and reconstruction
Former President Barack Obama posted a photograph of his family visiting Notre Dame, along with the message: "Notre Dame is one of the great treasures of the world, and we think of people in France mourning nature in their time of suffering when we see history lost – but it is in our nature to rebuild tomorrow as strong as we can. "
The history of Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame was built in 1163 under King Louis VII and completed in 1345. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a worldwide Paris icon and the site of some of the most important moments in the history of France. Henry VI. England was crowned in 1431 in the cathedral, and Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned in 1804 as Emperor of France in the cathedral.
The cathedral has nearly 13 million visitors a year and houses exquisite religious artifacts, paintings, sculptures and other priceless works of art.
After cracks appeared in the stone, renovations were carried out. Worried, the structure could become unstable. Roxana Saberi of CBS News reported in March 2018 that years of rain, snow and pollution had destroyed the cathedral's flying buttresses.
James Shepherd, Director of Conservation and Facilities at Washington National Cathedral, spoke with CBSN on Monday about the story of Notre Dame.
"This is 800 years of history of the people who make a pilgrimage, worship and culture," said Shepherd on the phone. "All this must be taken into account when trying to repair this church and rescue it after this devastating fire."
Shepherd spoke of Notre Dame "breathtaking and exclusive glass windows" that seem to have been destroyed in the fire. He called them "absolutely priceless and some of the best examples of European glass windows".
"This is a culturally devastating moment for the city of Paris, the country and the world," said Shepherd.