Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France Destroyed in Massive Fire, Important Relics Saved, But Others Still at Risk of Being Lost Forever
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The Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, has collapsed due to a major fire.
As per CBS News, the cathedral’s iconic spire has now collapsed, and video clips showing the roof collapsing on itself, as it gets engulfed by flames.
Notre Dame spokesperson Andre Finot spoke about the severity of the tragedy and said, “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”
On the otherhand, the chief of Paris firefighters, Jean-Claude Gallet, spoke to reporters and said that the firefighters have saved the cathedral’s iconic rectangular towers. He said, “we now believe that the two towers of Notre Dame have been saved.”
Fortunately, despite the fire, the firefighters have also confirmed that the main structure of the Notre Dame Cathedral, has been “saved and preserved.” However, Gallet added that despite the positive news, the risk that some of the interior structure could collapse, remains.
President Emmanuel Macron in the Scene
President Macron went to the scene of the fire to get briefed, as well as to address the nation regarding the incident.
President Macron went on to thank the hundreds of the firefighters who worked to kill the fire, as well to save the main frame of the church.
He said, “the worst had been avoided, thanks to hundreds of brave firefighters who battled for hours and who would continue working through the night.”
“What happened tonight in Paris, in this cathedral is a terrible event,” the president said, vowing to raise funds worldwide and bring the best talents from around the world to reconstruct the building in its entirety.
“Notre-Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicentre of our lives … So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together,” President Macron said.
Leaders Around the World Express Sympathies
Being an 800-year old, global historical landmark, various leaders around the world has also expressed their sympathies to what have happened to the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The Vatican has expressed “great shock and sadness” over the incident, and said in a statement, “We express closeness to the French Catholics and the people of Paris and we assure our prayers for the firefighters and those who are doing everything possible to face this dramatic situation.”
United States President Donald Trump also expressed his sympathies, citing the cathedral’s importance of being “part of our culture.”
He said, “It’s one of the great treasures of the world. It’s part of our culture, it’s part of our lives. That is a truly great cathedral and I’ve been there, I’ve seen it, and there is… no cathedral in the world like it. It is a terrible scene.”
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu went to Twitter to express “great sadness” over the fire.
He said, “The destruction of this architectural masterpiece of world heritage is a disaster for all humanity.”
Important Relics Stored Within the Cathedral
As per CNN, the cathedral is home to many historical artifacts in the world, mainly relating to the Catholic faith.
Some of the artifacts inside are the “True Cross,” which is a piece of wood, believed to have been a part the cross where Jesus was nailed, as well as the “Holy Nails,” which were the nails believed to have been used to crucify Christ.
But the most important artifact contained inside, was a portion of Jesus’ “Crown of Thorns.”
According to a report by The Sun, it seems that these important relics have been saved, but other important artifacts contained inside are still at risk of being lost forever.
The cathedral’s rich history has been the site of many important events in France, and is one of the declared UNESCO heritage sites.