The destruction from the fire at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is catastrophic and heartbreaking in so many ways.
The Notre Dame Cathedral is over 800 years old and is located on Île de la Cité in the middle of the River Seine. According to the official Notre Dame Cathedral site, “The building of the cathedral was completed over the course of 200 years; it was started in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345.” In other words, this church is a huge part of our world’s history.
News broke yesterday that the cathedral was on fire, and as flames engulfed the structure, crowds began to gather in the streets of Paris, watching in horror as one of the most notable historical monuments in France — and all of Europe — was burning.
However, in that moment of sheer destruction and uncertainty, the people of Paris clung tight to one another, as people do when something so horrific happens. The crowd softly began singing “Ave Maria” as the flames continued to burn well into the night.
The community is continuing to come together in other ways, too. Multiple French billionaires and their families have spearheaded a fundraiser to help rebuild the church. So far, they’ve raised over $700 million.
If you’d like to donate to help the restoration efforts, head over to Fondation du Patrimoine.
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