$1 billion raised to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame after fire

The first and second richest men in France are still slugging it out through cultural capital

- A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky.

One of the cathedral's most precious objects, a relic purported to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ on the cross, was whisked away to a secure facility.

Victor Hugo bemoaned its pitiful neglect in the 1830s, but decades later it was given new life as its flying buttresses were renovated and a new wooden spire was installed. This engraving from 1800 shows the cathedral before the famous spire was added in the 19th century. But no one can tell whether it has been damaged by water or will need to be restored.

Mr Prades added the three large stained-glass rose windows had not been destroyed, though they may have been damaged by the heat and will be assessed by an expert.

Authorities have said the cause of the fire was accidental, possibly related to renovation work.

As unforgiving flames razed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral on Monday, Parisians gasped and wept as they watched from along the Seine river.

The cathedral's roof can not be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because "we don't, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century", he said, adding the roof restoration work would have to use new technologies.

Tourist Brooke Windsor was there moments before the flames started.

Cain's possible Fed nomination in peril as Republican opposition mounts
Larry Kudlow , White House economic council director, told ABC News that the president is sticking by his plans for now. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., all said they would oppose Cain's appointment to the Fed. "I've recommended Herman Cain ".

He has heard others in Winnipeg speak of the hurt they feel at the loss of Notre Dame, but he also thinks his parishioners will feel a sense of gratitude as they celebrate Easter this weekend. "We will act, and we will succeed".

A public appeal for funds drew immediate support from French billionaires and other private donors, as well as from countries including Germany, Italy and Russian Federation, which offered expertise.

"We are united in sorrow". Notre Dame is part of a UNESCO heritage site.

A total of 880 million euro ($A1.4 billion) has already been donated by business leaders and ordinary worshippers towards the restoration of the fire-ravaged church.

The cathedral's roof was built using a lattice of giant beams cut from trees in primeval forests in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Czech President Milos Zeman also offered the expertise of his nation's restoration specialists, including teams that work at the Prague Castle, the historic seat of Czech presidency, which includes St. Vitus Cathedral, a Gothic architectural masterpiece. "The spire ... is what we saw from a distance in Paris", she told the ABC.

Martin Kealy, a fire consultant and managing director of MKA Fire, says that on the whole, such buildings pose a relatively low fire risk, because most of the materials at ground level are things like stone floors and very thick timber pews, which would not easily ignite.

Related News:



Most liked

100 arrested at London climate protests
Four activists chained and glued themselves underneath a lorry parked on Waterloo Bridge, where they slept on Monday night. Transport for London warned bus users that routes would remain on diversion or terminate early.

Sanders has entered millionaire class, tax returns show
That year, their adjusted gross income was $1,062,626, and they paid a total of $372,368 in taxes at a 35 percent tax rate. Sanders reported earning over $850,000 as an author in 2017 and almost $800,000 as an author in 2016.

Democrats set new deadline on Trump tax returns
President Donald Trump confirmed the existence of the proposal Friday, saying that it should make "The Radical Left" happy. The IRS says there is no pronouncement against concerns of an audit from publicly liberating their tax filings.

Oil prices dip almost 2 per cent
Global oil demand is estimated to average 99.91 million bpd this year, compared with 98.70 million bpd in 2018, OPEC said. OPEC revised demand growth down in 2019 to 1.21 million bpd due to "slower-than-expected economic activity".

First Alert Weather Day: Tornado Watch issued for Coastal Empire & Lowcountry area
The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said. At least 11 tornadoes have touched down in three different states as a result of a stronger-than-usual storm system.

Zach Johnson Accidentally Hits Ball on Practice Swing at the Masters
Under United States Golf Association rules, a ball isn't considered to be "in play" until it's actually hit from the tee area. Despite the mishap, Johnson is positive that it was one-off, adding: "I don't think I could do it again if I even tried".

The Mandalorian revealed at Star Wars Celebration, sizzle reel leaks online
Favreau premiered behind-the-scenes clips and some finished footage to attendees. The Mandalorian ( Pedro Pascal ) in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN .

Prowling Tiger produces roars at Augusta as leaderboard a logjam of stars
And then the three-time Masters champion moves on to talk about how he's looking forward to playing with his good friend, Kuchar. Bryson DeChambeau, who shared the 18-hole lead with Koepka, went bogey-double bogey around the turn and shot 75.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg speaks at Brexit Party launch
Pro-EU politicians said the next few months should be used to hold a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain. He has been critical of the way British Prime Minister Theresa May has handled Brexit negotiations with Brussels .

Uber Unveils Its Highly Anticipated IPO Filing
The company's shares are set to begin trading next month on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UBER. I'm not sure I've ever read a more sprawling IPO document, which reflects Uber's sprawl.

Julian Assange's Lawyers Vow to Fight His Extradition to the United States
After his dramatic arrest , he was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court and found guilty of a British charge of breaching bail. Mr Marchan said: "He has said that we were spying on him, he has said we were lying, we were agents of the United States".

Alleged OnePlus 7 Pro Real Life Images Leak, Reveal Specifications
This latest leak definitely needs to be digested with a large pinch of salt, given that a lot of things doesn't just add up here. OnePlus is also now coming up with the same concept and will bring the stunning Curved OLED on their upcoming smartphones.

New York City declares health emergency over measles outbreak in Williamsburg
It is also a community whose members travel frequently to other countries where measles is more prevalent. Infected persons should stay in isolation - staying home from school or work - during this time.

WTI: Downside opening up towards $ 63.50 amid rising United States supplies
It sees United States crude oil averaging $59.50 per barrel, up from its last forecast of $55.50. On the demand side, there are concerns that an economic slowdown will soon hit fuel consumption.

Wendy Williams divorcing husband of 22 years
It has been a rough couple of months for the 54-year-old, who is now working on her sobriety as her marriage crumbles. Prior to the segment that replaced Banks' interview, it was said she had to cancel due to a "family emergency".