Aftermath of Notre Dame Cathedral Fire
Hundreds of firefighters in France spent more than 12 hours fighting a fire that destroyed the spire and roof of Notre Dame Cathedral also known as, “Our Lady of Paris.” During the raging fire, rescuers were able to save the monument’s more precious treasures including the Crown of Thorns, purportedly worn by Jesus.
The cathedral’s famous 18th century organ that boasts more than 8,000 pipes was also saved. However, the cathedral’s high altar was damaged by falling debris from the roof. Authorities consider the fire an accident, possibly as a result of restoration work.
The Notre Dame Cathedral is nearly 900 years old, and France vows to rebuild it as millions of dollars have already been pledged towards rebuilding efforts.