One of the most iconic figures in Paris, France, is the Notre Dame cathedral. Built in the middle of the Seine river, the cathedral took 200 years to build. It is where the archbishop of Paris sits, and it has been the site of many historic events, such as the crowning of Henry VI in 1431 and Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804. The building attracted more than 30,000 visitors a day wanting to experience the history and architecture within its walls.
On April 15th, a fire broke out in one of the cathedral’s attics. By the time the fire was contained, it had managed to burn the roof, the back side of the cathedral, and most importantly, the famous spire. Of course, many tragic events occur around the world each day, but the fire in Notre Dame, even without injured people, caused a special type of sorrow. The structure was an important and cherished Parisian building. After the fire, many people gathered outside the burned cathedral, singing hymns and promising to support rebuilding efforts. People came together to offer donations almost immediately after the incident.
While the cause of the fire is still being investigated, millions of dollars have already poured in from across the world to help rebuild the burned areas. But rebuilding the structure is no easy task. It might not take the 200 years it took the first time around, but many think that the five years that the prime minister has promised is too ambitious. The government intends to organize a competition to design a new spire. For now, investigators continue to look through the remains and find clues about how the fire started.