It’s such a tragedy what happened today in Paris as the over 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral was destroyed by fire. The cathedral has served as a treasure Catholics, the French and tourists from around the world. Europe’s most visited site, with about 12-13 million tourists a year. It was also the centerpiece of the infamous Victor Hugo story and later Disney movie the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.
Notre Dame has survived two world wars and countless threats of destructions. It was the tallest structure in Paris until the Eiffel Tower was built, in 1887. Until today it’s most damaging threat had been acid rain which had taken its toll on the structure.
In fact, Notre Dame had been under renovation and restoration recently raising with an estimated cost over $120M USD. While the French government contributed, much of the funds needed we raised from donors, even targeting the US. It was reported on FoxNews today that Eric Schmidt (former CEO of Google) was a major donor to the restoration. Schmidt and the Pope have a connection.
Here are some interesting reports and questions that surround this event:
Fires stared just moments after the church closed for toursFoxNews
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