As hundreds of firefighters battled the inferno that
Parisians — and people the world over — breathed a sigh of relief when French President Emmanuel Macron later revealed that the “worst has been avoided” and much of the main structure of the cathedral, parts of which date back to the 12th century, had been saved.
Though the full extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained, here’s what we know so far of what burned — and what was spared or salvaged — in the Notre Dame fire.
The main structure of the cathedral was “saved and preserved as a whole,”
Notre Dame’s intricate stonework facade also appears to have survived, as did at least some sculptures and other structures inside the cathedral’s nave and high altar.
Photos from inside the building,
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo
According to CNBC,
Bernard Fonquernie, an architect who oversaw Notre Dame’s restoration in the 1980s and 1990s, told the Times he believed most of the cathedral’s furnishings and famed stained glass could be salvaged.
“The stone vaulting acted like a firewall and it kept the worst heat away,” he said.
Notre Dame’s tremendous organ, boasting some 8,000 pipes, also appears to be relatively unscathed, the Paris deputy mayor, Emmanuel Gregoire, said on Tuesday morning,
Notre Dame sustained “colossal damage,” particularly to sections made of wood, cathedral spokesman Andre Finot told reporters.
Heartbreaking footage shows the moment the building’s delicate spire, which was
“The framework, which dates from the 19th century on one side and the 13th century on the other, there will be nothing left,” Finot
President Macron has vowed that France, with the help of its friends worldwide, will “rebuild Notre Dame, because it’s what the French people expect.”
“It’s what our history deserves. It’s our profound destiny,” he said.