PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has praised the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral. The prosecution begins investigating the causes of a fire that severely damaged the 850-year-old Paris landmark and its thin tower collapsed and flames collapsed.
Mr. Macron said an international attempt to raise money for reconstruction will start on Tuesday.
"We will rebuild Notre-Dame," he said as he visited the construction site on Monday night. "Because that's what the French expect." France's billionaire Pinault has already pledged 100 million euros or $ 113 million for the efforts and family of Bernard Arnault, the owners of Bernard Arnault's luxury goods group LVMH Moët Hennessy, Louis Vuitton.
, plans a contribution of 200 million euros reports Agence-France Press.
Notre-Dame, built on an earlier foundation in the 12th and 13th centuries Church and Roman city wall on an island in the Seine, is a worldwide recognized symbol of France, visited by some 13 million people annually.
Stunned Parisians and visitors watched as the cathedral with its famous flying buttresses was built to support the Cathedral relatively thin and high walls of its time, which were burnt down six days before Easter Sunday.
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Late Monday, the officials released new details of the fire. Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said it had started in the attic at 18:30. More than nine hours later, the authorities said the fire was "under control," but a hole in the wooden roof left by the fallen tower of the cathedral continued to burn until Tuesday morning.
The cathedral rector, Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, said the fire appeared to have originated in an internal network of wooden beams, many of which date back to the Middle Ages and were called "forest".
In addition to damaging the building itself, the fire ripped through the roof of the cathedral. and endangers its relics and glass windows, with discs held together by lead and melting at high temperatures. While a treasure, a relic of the crown of thorns allegedly carried by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion was salvaged, the status of other historical objects is unclear.
[TheFlame The great collection of the cathedral of Christian art and relics was threatened.
The architect, who oversaw work on the cathedral in the 1980s and 1990s, believed he could save much of the building and its furnishings. "The stone vaults behaved like a firewall and kept out the worst heat," said architect Bernard Fonquernie.
But the roof, a huge wooden frame with lead sheets, seemed largely gone, he said. Earlier tests on the roof showed that the wood frame was largely the same oak and chestnut structure built by the very first builders, Fonquernie said.
It took so long for the roof to be regularly repaired and watertight. That meant, however, that the wood underneath was very dry and could burn easily, he said.
Officials said they did not know yet what had caused the fire that is being investigated. Two police officers and one firefighter were easily injured, but no one was killed.
[Hereis what we know about fire and do not know . 19659002] Two years ago, a spokesman for the cathedral said he urgently needed a major refurbishment that cost an estimated $ 180 million. Much of the limestone façade has been eroded and the wind is damaging, said spokesman André Finot.
The cathedral is covered with scaffolding during restoration work, which, according to fire experts, can endanger risky open flames or sparks from equipment.
"And now it's gone, maybe because of carelessness," Mr. Fonquernie said. "Working with heat requires extreme care in addition to extreme dry wood."