The massive fire that burned parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday April 15, toppled its spire as Parisians watched in shock in the streets. This photo shows the Notre Dame Cathedral aftermath once the fire was put out.
This image made available by Gigarama.ru on Wednesday April 17, shows an aerial shot of the fire damage to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday April 16. (Gigarama.ru via AP)
The building stands on the Île de la Cité, a small island in Paris’ Seine River. Construction was begun in 1163, and its two massive towers were finished around 1245, but the building was not completed until the beginning of the 14th century. Its central spire was added in the 19th century.
In 2013, the cathedral celebrated its 850 years with a refurbished organ. Each of the nearly 8,000 pipes, some of which date back to the 18th century, was individually cleaned and returned to its place. Meanwhile, nine new, gargantuan bells replaced the 19th century ones.
An average of 30,000 people a day used to visit the cathedral.
As of Wednesday, April 17, nearly $1 billion had been pledged for the cathedral’s restoration, coming from ordinary worshippers and wealthy magnates, including those who own L’Oreal, Chanel and Dior. Bern told broadcaster France-Info that 880 million euros ($995 million) had been raised since the fire.
Notre Dame Cathedral Aftermath