A view of the cross and sculpture of Pieta by Nicolas Coustou in the background of debris inside Notre-Dame de Paris, in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral, during the visit of French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in Paris Macron announced the fast timescale – for a process some experts said would take decades – in an address to the nation where he hailed how the disaster had shown the capacity of France to mobilise and unite. Pledges worth around €700 million (US$790 million) have already been made on Tuesday from French billionaires and businesses to restore the Gothic masterpiece. Most of the roof has been destroyed, its steeple has collapsed and an unknown number of artifacts and paintings have been lost. The main organ, which had close to 8,000 pipes, has also suffered damage. Plan, factfile and history of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. (AFP/Kun TIAN/Patrice DERE/Gal ROMA) But the cathedral’s walls, bell towers and the most famous circular stained-glass windows at France’s most visited tourist attraction remain intact. ‘OUR HISTORY NEVER STOPS’ Macron’s defiant comments indicated he wants the reconstruction of the cathedral to be completed by the time Paris hosts the Olympic Games in… Read full this story
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