Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is burning: Updates

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is burning: Updates

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is burning: Updates

Fallen into ill-repair and desecrated during the French Revolution, it was Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame that helped boost the Gothic cathedral to global fame, making it a must-see destination in Paris.

The cathedral dates to the 12th century and is one of the world's best-known historic buildings.

A spokesman said the blaze was likely to bring the entire wooden frame of the cathedral down, and the vault of the edifice could be threatened too. "We're still working to save the cathedral's work of arts".

The blaze collapsed the cathedral's spire, which had been shrouded in scaffolding as part of a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the spire and its 250 tons of lead.

"We express our solidarity to French Catholics and to the people of Paris and we offer our prayers for firefighters and those who are doing what is possible to face this dramatic situation", said Gisotti.

The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15, 2019.

President Donald Trip took to Twitter to say that the colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday was awful.

Canada's CBC News reported that firefighters were also trying to salvage some of the cathedral's priceless works of art.

"Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn", he tweeted.

Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral.

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"Emotion of a whole nation", Macron tweeted.

"More than a historical monument, this cathedral is above all "the House of God and the House of Man" because this building is loaded with human and Christian experience", according to the translated cathedral website.

"When you look at [the cathedral] from the front, there is no problem", Friends of Notre-Dame head Michel Picaud told the Times. "But when you go behind the scenes, that's when things start to go downhill".

A centre of Roman Catholic faith, over the centuries Notre-Dame has also been a target of political upheaval.

As the grand, 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral burns in Paris, the world is watching in sadness, including those of us in the Sister City of SF. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said late Monday that the collection of artwork and holy objects kept inside the church had been recovered, though it was not clear if any items were damaged.

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