Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of the most famous churches in the world, was engulfed in flames on Monday evening. Across the world, people watched horrified as the iconic church was ravaged before their eyes after what was reported a “small fire” broke out soon after the building was closed to the public.
The fire quickly grew and spread, which led to the roof and the spire of the church to collapse. French fire officials weren’t sure that they could save the monument, but they were able to save the two bell towers at the front of the nearly 900 year old structure.
It is still heartbreaking to see, especially considering that Notre-Dame survived for so long, including through both World Wars.
At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. Notre Dame has been the focus on such films like Midnight in Paris, Before Sunset, and Amélie. Then there is Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was written to save the cathedral from falling into disrepair. (It was recently announced that there would be a new adaptation, a live-action version of the 1996 Disney film.)
French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking with reporters, pledged to rebuild the ancient structure.
“It is with pride I tell you tonight we will rebuild this cathedral.”
President Macron promised to bring in the “best talent” from inside and outside of French borders.
“We will rebuild Notre-Dame because it is what the French expect of us, it is what our history deserves, it is, in the deepest sense, our destiny.”
He continued to talk of the cathedral’s long history, saying, “our history, our literature…the place where our biggest moments played: plagues, wars, liberations. It is at the very heart of our lives.”
Notre-Dame was already under repairs during the fire. We wish for a speedy and safe rebuilding effort of this historic landmark.