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Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris damaged badly with massive fire
Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris got engulfed in a massive blaze on Monday evening, sending a wave of shock and gloom across the world as it was visited by thousands of people and tourists every day. Many Indians posted the pictures of their visit to the Catholic icon in Paris on Facebook. I was also moved by the news since I have visited the cathedral twice.

Reportedly, it was on 15th April at 18:30 local time, that the cathedral caught fire. The blaze caused the collapse of the spire and the oak roof through two towers avoided damage. The cause of the fire is being speculated due to ongoing renovation work. Around were pressed into service to put off the blaze. Consequently, good number artefacts got saved before the fire spread to other parts of the cathedral.

The fire is reported to be accidental. The staff took more than twenty minutes to locate the place of the blaze in the Cathedral. French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged the badly damaged Cathedral 'even more beautifully'. It is said most of the treasure of the Cathedral has been saved.

Meanwhile, the billionaire Franc?ois-Henri Pinault has pledged money towards renovation. Another rich person Bernard Arnault and his family have also come forward for the restoration of the cathedral.

'Notre-Dame de Paris' as it is called in French is a medieval Catholic cathedral that is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Its striking rib vault and flying buttress were the architectural marvel. and colourful rose windows and sculptural decoration were the major source of attraction for the visitors.

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