The Notre Dame cathedral was on fire three years ago
This week marks the anniversary of when the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the iconic Paris church that was completed in the Medieval era, was heavily damaged by a fire which was -officially - accidental.
The fire occurred while the church building was undergoing renovations, with photos and videos of the fast-moving blaze being widely shared on social media, to the horror of many.
“Notre Dame of Paris in flames. Emotion for a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn,” stated French President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter at the time.
Soon after the fire was extinguished, wealthy Europeans announced their intentions to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to restore the structure.
Efforts to rebuild the cathedral remain underway, according to an update published in February by the group Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris.