Paris [France]: Soon after the fire was put out at the Notre Dame Cathedral, French President Emmanuel Macron on April 16 said that he wants the historic site to be rebuilt in the next five years.
The iconic Parisian landmark bore great damage after a blaze engulfed the 13th-century cathedral on April 15. “We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautiful and I want that to be done in the next five years,” CNN quoted Macron as saying in a televised address.
“Throughout our history, we have built towns, ports, churches. Many have been burnt due to revolutions, wars, due to mankind’s mistakes. Each time we have rebuilt them,” he added.
“The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched,” the French President lastly said.
The violent blaze, the origin of which remains unknown, shook the entire world as people voiced their sadness upon seeing centuries of history go up in flames. Considered as the “beating heart” of French Catholicism, Notre Dame is viewed as a religious symbol by Christians who are currently observing the Holy Week.
A few of the most coveted relics in Christianity, including the Holy Crown, which many believe to be from the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus, were safely rescued from the fire. Catholics have prayed to the crown at Notre Dame for more than 16 centuries now, according to the cathedral.
Efforts to collect funds to rebuild the cathedral are in full swing, with over USD 700 million already being pledged for the cause.