With the fire extinguished, the smoke clear and a new day risen over Paris, the French got a heartening confirmation on Tuesday: The Notre-Dame Cathedral is still standing. many of his roofs, but the 800-year-old Gothic masterwork that symbolizes both a place and a culture is a monument to be repaired, not mourned.
In fact, even though firefighters scoured ash and debris for any lingering embers, and investigators worked to determine the cause of the fire, the French authorities launched an international raising fund fund to reproduce the landmark.
The devastating fire left the night cathedral, noting that nearly 500 firefighters fired on the scene. Thousands of Parisians gathered near to watch the effort to save it, and pray. Many tears.
In the effort to get past tourists, the doors of the Notre-Dame were closed briefly and without explanation, witnesses said. Shortly afterwards, the white smoke began from the peak, where, at 295 feet, was the highest part of the cathedral.
In the wake of this, the black smoke started, then black, explaining that the fire grew within the cathedral, subject to the scaffold. Soon, the emergence of orange flame began to intensify rapidly.
Works with Notre-Dame, a popular icon of architectural medieval, dating back to 1163 and completed in 1345. The cathedral, on an island in the center of Paris, is visited by approximately 13 million people a year.
"Like the loss of a family member," says Pierre Guillaume Bonnet, 45, a marketing director. "For me, there are so many memories tied in it."
The largest cathedral candy, set in 1681, survived the French Revolution and became part of some of the most important events in the history of France, including both World Wars.