Firefighters enter the church. According to rumors, the cathedral's three medieval rose windows were damaged, although this was eventually rectified. At 11:00 p.m., Paris Fire Chief Jean-Claude Gallet reported that the cathedral structure, including the two bell towers, had been "kept and conserved," but that 66% of the roof had been damaged. He also said that four fire engines and five vehicles of other kinds were lost during the fire.
The fire started in the roof of the narthex, or entrance area, of the cathedral. It is not known how the fire began, but it is suspected that it may have been caused by an electrical short circuit. No one was injured in the fire.
The cathedral was built between 1220 and 1315 and is composed of Gothic architecture. It has been listed as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO since 1979. The fire broke out just after 7:00 p.m. on April 15, 2019, during a ceremony held inside the cathedral to light candles for peace negotiations between France and Germany. Approximately 10,000 people were present at the time of the fire.
1. It is the largest cathedral in France. 2. It is famous for its many artistic treasures including its stained glass, statues, and carvings. 3. It was built over 700 years ago and includes parts of the original church built by French monks in the 11th century. 4.
The three stained-glass windows of Notre Dame Cathedral survived a fire that engulfed the Paris landmark on Monday. The archbishop of Paris told CNN affiliate BFM TV on Tuesday that all three of the renowned 13th-century Rose Windows are still in place.
“They were not damaged by the fire, which indicates they were taken out in time,” Archbishop Michel Aupetit said. “That is good news for us because we need them for [the upcoming] election.”
The windows depict scenes from the life of Christ and are among the most famous examples of Gothic art. They're especially important to Catholics around the world who attend Mass at the cathedral regularly. The current windows were installed between 1250 and 1260 after previous versions were destroyed by fire.
Notre Dame was built over several centuries by various architects including Michael Psellus (1077-1148), Bonnabel de Boulogne (1118-47), and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-79). The present structure was completed in 1245. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1979.
The cathedral was undergoing major renovations when it was engulfed in flames. The cause of the blaze is under investigation but may have been accidental.
There were no fatalities, but a fireman and two police officers were critically hurt while battling the incident. The fire broke out in the early evening, only minutes after the structure was closed to tourists. Firefighters evacuated the area around Paris's cathedral, as well as neighboring structures.
Notre-Dame is one of France's most popular tourist attractions with more than 1 million visitors each year. It is located in the city center and has been described as the "jewel" of Parisian architecture. The fire damaged the spire and part of the roof but did not reach the interior of the building.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze before it spread to the cathedral's interior, but not before it caused heavy damage to parts of its exterior. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but may have been accidental.
The fire occurred just a few hours before families were expected to attend Sunday mass at the cathedral. Many parents feared their children were inside the burning building and government officials warned people not to attempt to rescue kids alone from the fire.
Police and firefighters worked through the night to evacuate people from buildings nearby that could be at risk of collapse due to damage caused by the fire. So far, there are no reports of other casualties.
The fire injured four people, including two police officers and two firefighters.
The cathedral is "not yet rescued," and a careful operation to remove fused scaffolding surrounding the spire, which was devastated by a terrible fire last April, is required. "The cathedral is still under danger," Georgelin told CNews, a French channel.
Notre Dame has been described as one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. It was built from 1250 to 1315 at the request of King Louis IX (1226-70). The cathedral is largest in France after St. Paul's in Paris. It measures nearly 180 feet (55 m) high and an average of 42 feet (13 m) wide across the nave.
The fire broke out around 11:20 a.m. on April 15, 2019, in the cathedral's roof during a ceremony to consecrate two new priests. Although the blaze was quickly brought under control, it had spread through much of the building by the time firefighters arrived. No one was injured in the incident.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited the site of the fire on April 16. He vowed that the rebuilding would be completed in five years at a cost of $150 million ($135 million).
Macron said that he wanted to see "a new beginning for this monument to human genius" after the fire damaged much of the building's interior.