On April 16, 2019, Notre Dame de Paris encountered the worst fire ever.
On the evening of the 15th local time, a fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in the French capital. Its spire collapsed and the building was seriously damaged. After more than 500 firefighters put out the rescue, the fire was brought under control in the early hours of the 16th. The head of the Paris fire brigade said that the main structure of the building survived, but two-thirds of the roof was destroyed.
Important historical value of Notre Dame de Paris.
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris), officially known as Notre Dame de Paris, is a Gothic Christian church building located on the Seine River, in the center of Paris, France, on the Island of Cité. It is the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris Of the cathedral. Its status and historical value are unparalleled, and it is one of the most glorious buildings in history.
Notre Dame Cathedral was built on March 24, 1163. It was decided to build by the Archbishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully. The entire church was completed in 1345. It took 182 years. The two towers on the facade are about 69 meters high. Among the Gothic churches in the island area, it is one of the most important representatives. It is also the world’s first Gothic church in a full sense. The sculptures and paintings of altars, cloisters, doors and windows, as well as the large number of art treasures from the 13th to 17th centuries in the hall, are famous all over the world and are a symbol of ancient Paris. Although this is a religious building, it shines with the wisdom of the French people and reflects people’s pursuit and yearning for a better life.
When the fire broke out, people prayed for Notre Dame Cathedral.
When the fire broke out, people spontaneously sang elegies and knelt to pray in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. Churches across France rang bells to pray for Notre Dame de Paris.
The most important cultural relic of Notre Dame de Paris has been successfully rescued.
According to French media Franceinfo, on the evening of the 15th local time, Patrick Chauvet, the priest of Notre Dame de Paris, said that the most important cultural relic in Notre Dame, the Crucifixion Crown of Thorns, has been successfully rescued.
In addition to the crown of thorns, a robe of Louis IX has also been successfully rescued. However, the status of many other cultural relics is still unknown, including three pipe organs, a big clock, and some paintings and sculptures. In addition, the world-famous Great Rose Window of Notre Dame may also be damaged. There are three large rose windows in Notre Dame Cathedral, which have a long history and were installed in the 13th century. Among them, the two areas on the north and south sides are the largest with a diameter of 13 meters.
The cause of the fire is under investigation or related to the renovation project.
According to the Associated Press, the French fire brigade stated that the Notre Dame de Paris fire may have a “potential connection” with a $6.8 million renovation project, and the Paris Prosecutor’s Office ruled out the possibility of man-made arson and terrorist attacks. The specific reasons Still under investigation.
Macron promised: We will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral together.
After the Notre Dame fire broke out, French President Macron said, “This (Notre Dame de Paris) is our shared history. Now she is burning. But I still want to talk about hope. This cathedral represents more than 800 years of history. History, we personally laid the foundation for her, and in the following centuries, we continued to expand and repair her. We will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral together. Starting tomorrow, we will look for people with relevant talents across the country to rebuild the church .”
Multinational leaders stated.
British Prime Minister Theresa May: I am with the French people tonight, with the emergency services who are fighting the Notre Dame fire.
German Chancellor Merkel: Notre Dame Cathedral is a symbol of French and European culture. Support our French friends.
US President Trump: Too bad! Maybe a water tanker can be used to put out the fire! Must hurry up! God bless the people of France!
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau: It’s really heartache to see Notre Dame Cathedral in a fire. The Canadian people are with you as you fight the fire.
President of Finland: Finland is saddened by the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. We are with France and the people of Paris tonight.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison: I was impressed by standing in front of Notre Dame Cathedral 30 years ago. It was really sad to see such a beautiful cathedral in the fire this morning. We are with the people of France and emergency services fighting the fire. They will rebuild Notre Dame de Paris, as they have always done.
Former French President Hollande: Notre Dame Cathedral is our common heritage. It is really painful to see her in the fire. Tribute to those firefighters who worked hard to put out the fire.
Former US President Barack Obama: Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the world’s treasures. While the French people are sad, we are with you. When we see history disappear, we naturally feel sad-but at the same time in our nature, we will start to rebuild the next day and be as strong as possible.
Juncker, President of the European Commission: I watch the fire at Notre Dame de Paris every minute. Our “Miss Paris” belongs to all mankind. How sad and terrible. I am with the French people.
Vatican: The Holy See sadly saw the news of the terrible fire that destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which is a symbol of Christians in France and the world. The Vatican prays for the firefighters and all those who deal with this issue.
Reconstruction may take decades.
According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, Leonid Kalinin, chief priest of the Russian Orthodox Church and member of the Patriarchal Cultural Council, believes that the restoration of Notre Dame will take at least 10-12 years. He said: “Judging from the scale of the fire, the loss is huge. Not only must the external environment of the cathedral be restored, but also structural elements must be checked. This is a meticulous and complicated task: first in the evaluation, and then in the restoration. Considering that this is happening in France, everything will be done meticulously. I think the cathedral will be restored in 10-12 years, no less.”
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Let us send our blessings to Notre Dame de Paris and hope that she can successfully rebuild it soon!