Everyone is heartbroken by the news that Notre Dame in Paris is on fire. Fire fighters previously said they won’t be able to save it, but they managed to manage the flames and salvage valuable art works after almost nine hours. The two rectangular towers are reportedly still standing.
The prosecutors’ office said the fire started accidentally. Pres. Emmanuel Macron also vowed to reconstruct the historical cathedral. “That’s what the French expect [and] because it’s what our history deserves,” he said in an emotional speech. Billionaire François-Henri Pinault, who owns French luxury group Kering, also pledged to donate 100 million Euros for the reconstruction.
Likewise, several have expressed their sadness over the destruction of the Notre Dame online. Former US president Barack Obama tweeted, “Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost—but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.”
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019
Many also tweeted about its history to honor its French baroque architecture and how it’s still standing after 856 years.
We mourn the loss of this historical and architectural treasure. It was a monument to the genius of those who designed and built it, and we grieve with Paris and all who basked in its splendor. https://t.co/gSQgO36JLw
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) April 15, 2019
Today humanity lost a priceless monument. For more than 800 years, it survived revolution, plague and world war. It inspired artists and authors like Victor Hugo and enchanted millions of tourists and today Notre Dame de Paris burns 😔 #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/f45S0dJ2s8
— Yara Tarek Morsi (@YaraTarekMorsi1) April 15, 2019
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) April 15, 2019
We’re glad the Notre Dame wasn’t fully destroyed and that nobody was hurt during the blaze. We hope the cathedral comes back stronger and more beautiful than ever.
Photo courtesy of @avionicband’s Instagram account
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