Disney Donates $5 Million to Help Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

18 April, 2019, 03:46 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • A view of the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in the aftermath of the fire

An initial fire alert was sounded at 6:20 p.m., as a Mass was underway in the cathedral, but no fire was found.

Soon, people all over the world were studying the picture and drawing inspiration amid the tragedy.

Notre Dame will be closed for at least five years while the building is restored following the devastating fire. Multiple experts told the Journal they would expect completion to take closer to 10 or 15 years.

The cathedral's roof, which was totally gutted, was built from 3,000 ancient oak trees, which will be tricky to find in Europe today. During yesterdays coverage on Archinect, it was noted: "major art pieces and relics were saved from the fire, including the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis, and several other major works that are now in a safe place".

Macron is holding a special Cabinet meeting on Wednesday dedicated to the Notre Dame fire.

Paris Firefighters' spokesman Lt. -Col. "The stone can deteriorate when it is exposed to high temperatures and change its mineral composition and fracture inside".

Mr Macron scrapped a press conference at which he was due to talk about the protests, during which thousands have taken to the streets of large French cities in what began as demonstrations against petrol prices, before broadening out into a broader expression of anti-establishment sentiments.

"I was shocked. I couldn't really believe that it was happening at first", said Grace Ryan, whose hopes to visit Notre Dame were dashed as she watched the conflagration on TV shortly before flying from Chicago to Paris.

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Ubisoft has announced that it's donating €500,000 ($564,000, £433,000) "to help with the restoration and reconstruction" of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was severely damaged in a fire that saw the building's spire, and roof destroyed, as well as much of its original woodwork.

Later Wednesday evening, bells will toll at cathedrals around France in honour of Notre Dame.

French officials said they do not suspect foul play. Any salvageable paintings would also be removed by Friday and sent to the museum, he added.

The Paris prosecutor's office said investigators have still not been able to look inside the cathedral, because it remains unsafe.

Mr Heitz said there were no indications that the blaze was started deliberately. Police also took images of the destruction using drones, in case it is altered by wind or rain.

Almost $1 billion has been pledged for the cathedral's restoration, coming from ordinary worshippers and wealthy magnates, including those who own L'Oreal, Chanel and Dior.

"May the Virgin Mary bless them and support the work of reconstruction: may it be a collective effort, to the praise and glory of God", he said.

Presidential cultural heritage envoy Stephane Bern told broadcaster France-Info on Wednesday that 880 million euros ($995 million) has been raised so far.


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