The University of Notre Dame in Indiana clarified via social media that it was not burning when the news spread that the cathedral of Notre-Dame was destroyed by flames in Paris, France.
The American school tweeted Eastern just before 2:00 pm Eastern on Monday, & # 39; A clarification: a fire is currently burning at @notredameparis, not at the University of Notre Dame. Our prayers are with all involved. & # 39;
French president Emmanuel Macron said the fire was a national emergency on Monday.
Macron praised the & # 39; courage & # 39; and the & # 39; great professionalism & # 39; of 400 firefighters curbing the explosion, and announced the launch of a fundraising campaign to restore Notre Dame.
& # 39; The worst has been avoided, although the battle is not yet fully won & # 39 ;, Macron said.
The University of Notre Dame in Indiana clarified via social media that it was not burning when the news spread that the cathedral of Notre-Dame was destroyed by flames in Paris, France. The Notre Dame in Paris is shown and is caught up by the flames on Monday
The American school tweeted Eastern just before 2:00 pm Eastern on Monday, & # 39; A clarification: a fire is currently burning at @notredameparis, not at the University of Notre Dame. Our prayers are with all involved & # 39;
The University of Notre Dame (pictured) is located in Indiana, while the famous Notre Dame Cathedral is in Paris
The structure of Notre Dame was saved after a large fire destroyed parts of the famous cathedral, including two-thirds of the roof and one of the belfries, according to a fire chief in Paris.
The northern bell tower, seen to the left of the west side of the cathedral, has been saved from flaming flames.
& # 39; The fire will stay on for a few days. I would like to thank the firefighters on behalf of the nation, & Macron said.
& # 39; At the moment, the worst has been avoided. Even if the building has not yet been completely destroyed, the coming hours will be difficult, but thanks to the efforts of so many, the facade has been saved. & # 39;
The fire started on Monday evening, with first reports of smoke development in the cathedral shortly before 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. Eastern).
The fire started on Monday evening, with first reports of smoke development in the cathedral shortly before 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. Eastern)
The extent of the fire damage on Notre Dame in Paris is shown
The Notre Dame Cathedral is located on the River Seine in Paris, the capital of France
The last visitors of the day were evacuated and the Paris fire brigade started fighting the flames that had emerged from the roof of the cathedral.
A French official said that while the source of the fire was unknown, it could be related to renovation work to confirm the historic stone walls and buttresses of Notre Dame.
The fire first brought the 96-meter-high spire of the cathedral down and spread to one of the two towers, which form the famous facade.
Notre Dame is one of the oldest and most recognizable buildings in the city and in 1163 work started on it.
The fire first brought the 96-meter-high spire of the cathedral down and spread to one of the two towers, which form the famous facade. The tower that has gone up in flames is collapsed while the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris burns on Monday
The original structure was completed almost 200 years later, in 1345, and the name literally translates to & # 39; Our Lady of Paris & # 39 ;.
Approximately 13 million people now visit the Catholic landmark every year – on average more than 30,000 a day – according to the official website and it is considered the most visited structure in the French capital.
The renovation work was estimated at around € 150 million ($ 170 million).
& # 39; Tomorrow, a national subscription will be launched for people across the country to help rebuild this great Notre Dame, because that's what the French want. That is what their history requires. Because that is our destination, & # 39; Macron said Tuesday.
& # 39; Notre Dame is our history, our imagination, where we have lived all our great moments, and is the epicenter of our lives.
& # 39; It's the story of our books, our paintings. It is the cathedral for all French people, even though they have never been. But it burns and I know that this sorrow will be felt by all our citizens. & # 39;
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hildalgo, said that the important collection of works of art and sacred objects preserved in the church have been recovered.
The precious works of art and religious relics that destroyed Notre Dame in the flames destroyed, among other things, the Crown of Thorns allegedly placed on the head of Jesus before he was crucified, a piece of the True Cross that he allegedly died and a nail from the crucifixion.
The relics were obtained from the Byzantine Empire in 1238 and brought to Paris by King Louis IX.
Notre Dame is also home to invaluable paintings that date back to the 1600s, including a series known as the Petits Mays, donated once a year to the cathedral from 1630 to 1707.
A priest wipes the crown of thorns, a remnant of the passion of Christ, in Notre Dame de Paris
The crown is an interleaved ring of reeds, the thorns are separated and displayed in churches in the medieval world
Catholics believe the relic the & # 39; crown & # 39; is that on Jesus' head was laid in mockery when he was crucified
The most celebrated works of art include three stained glass rose windows high on the west, north and south side of the cathedral.
The large organ of Notre Dame dates from the 13th century and was restored in the early 1990s. It is considered the most famous in the world, with five keyboards and nearly 8,000 pipes.
The cathedral also contained a spectacular array of carved stalls and statues that represent the passion of the Christ.
Last night's fire brigade said all efforts were focused on rescuing works of art in the cathedral and preventing the collapse of the north tower.
& # 39; Everything collapses, & # 39; said a police officer near the scene while the cathedral remained lit.
The ten bells of Notre Dame are famous throughout Europe and the first nine are called Marie, Gabriel, Anne-Genevieve, Denis, Marcel, Etienne, Benoit-Joseph, Maurice and Jean-Marie.
The last and largest, known as the Emmanuel bourdon bell, weighs more than 13 tons. It is located in the south tower and has been part of the building since 1681.
The largest bell, known as the Emmanuel bourdon clock, weighs more than 13 tons
A worker of the Socra art conservation company holds the head of the statue of the apostle Saint Andre, built by architect Viollet-le-Duc, on the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral before it was temporarily removed as part of the restoration, just one more a few days ago
The beautiful rose window on the south side of the building shows scenes from the life of Christ
Saint Peter statue in the in Notre Dame de Paris cathedral Treasure museum
In 1944, Emmanuel was sung in feast and triumph by French troops and allies to announce to the city that it was on its way to liberation.
The famous gargoyles and chimeras that adorn Notre Dame were built in the 19th century by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc. The original purpose of the gargoyles was to help with the drainage of the building, but they have become one of the most popular functions.
In 1790, Notre Dame was desecrated during the French Revolution when many of its religious images were damaged or destroyed and the treasures were looted.
The 28 statues of biblical kings in the west façade, confused with statues of French kings, were beheaded.
All other large statues on the facade, with the exception of the Virgin Mary on the cloister of the monastery, were destroyed.
The 16 copper statues that adorn the roof of Notre Dame de Paris have been removed for restoration work
Last month's cranes lifted the massive copper statues from their positions on the cathedral walls
The cathedral was restored more than 25 years after the publication of the book The Whistleblower of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo in 1831 put it in the spotlight.
Sixteen images that were part of the now-destroyed spire of the cathedral are safe and unharmed, as they were removed a few days ago as part of a renovation.
The green-gray images, which represented the 12 apostles and four evangelists, were apparently lowered and taken away from the site by cranes.
Late on Monday, the French prosecutors said they had excluded arson for the time being, and do not believe the fire was terror related.
They said the police will investigate & # 39; involuntary destruction caused by fire & # 39 ;.
Late on Monday, the French prosecutors said they had excluded arson for the time being, and do not believe the fire was terror related. They said the police will investigate & # 39; involuntary destruction caused by fire & # 39 ;. Notre-Dame Cathedral will be illuminated on Monday