As Notre Dame Faces Reconstruction – 4 Other Landmarks Built In The French Gothic Style To Visit
It will likely take years for the Parisian cathedral to be returned to its former glory.
23 April 2019
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In devastating news, on Monday the French cathedral Notre Dame de Paris was engulfed in flames. The fire is now extinguished, but the damage has been done.
The historic landmark’s roof collapsed along with its spire, with firefighters just managing to stop the blaze from reaching the iconic facade and bell towers.
Translated to ‘Our Lady of Paris’, the original construction of Notre Dame began in 1163, and it’s built in the French Gothic style.
The public outpouring of grief at its destruction has been huge, but there is hope. French tycoon Bernard Arnault and his luxury goods group LVMH have pledged 200 million euro (£173 million) towards the reconstruction of the cathedral, following a reported 100 million euro (£86 million) donation from another French billionaire, Francois-Henri Pinault.
With this money and the cultural importance of the building in mind, French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre Dame. But who knows how long such a major and delicate reconstruction job will take?
In the meantime, if you’re mourning Notre Dame and wish to see similar French Gothic architecture, France is full of other astounding buildings worth visiting…