Fashion Giants Pledge to Rebuild Notre Dame

Following the devastating fire that sent NOTRE DAME up in flames, fashion giants step in to help rebuild the Paris landmark …

Photograph by Jack Cantrell @jackfcantrell

Yesterday evening at 6.30pm Paris time, the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris went up in flames. Locals and tourists crowded around the famous landmark and watched as the fire took off, quickly spreading to the spire which eventually collapsed and brought the roof down with it. Though no cause has been announced as of yet, it is believed the fire was started due to restoration works currently taking place on the cathedral.

Firefighters managed to save the interior of the cathedral as well as the two towers at the front and some historic artefacts and relics from the cathedral were retrieved. Included in the rescued artefacts were the Crown of Thorns, said to have been worn by Jesus Christ before his crucifixion, and the Tunic of St Louis, worn by French King Louis IX.

This morning, French president Emmanuel Macron announced that a restoration project would be put in place to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral. Fashion giants François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, and Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, pledged €100m and €200m respectively towards rebuilding the 850-year-old UNESCO heritage site which attracts over 13 million visitors per year.

It wouldn’t be Paris without the Notre Dame, one of the most widely recognised symbols of the city, its limestone facade a point of reference when making your way along the banks of the Seine. It’s a sad day for Paris, but it is encouraging to see the great efforts being made already to help reconstruct the iconic landmark so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

Síomha Connolly

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