Notre-Dame Cathedral fireplace: tributes pour in from the world over


The inferno that raged upon the enduring landmark of Notre-Dame on Monday night didn’t simply shock Parisians, however the entire world.

1000’s of onlookers stood on the banks of the River Seine had been surprised into silence because the blaze engulfed the world heritage web site solely the day after Palm Sunday and fewer than per week earlier than Easter, two key dates within the Catholic calendar.

The 850-year outdated medieval monument is of world significance, attracting greater than 13 million guests a 12 months. It’s the most-visited vacationer web site in Paris, beating the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre.

Tributes rapidly poured in from everywhere in the globe and world leaders responded rapidly to the disaster.

“My ideas are with the folks of France tonight and with the emergency companies who’re preventing the horrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral,” British Prime Minister Theresa Could stated.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated: “It’s with deep disappointment that I’m watching the occasions in Paris.”

“I’m sorry to see these horrible photographs of Our Dame, image of France and our European tradition, in flames. Our ideas are with our French mates.”

US President Donald Trump’s response was extra off-the-cuff, on his favorite social networking web site Twitter.

“So horrible to observe the huge fireplace at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. Maybe flying water tankers may very well be used to place it out. Should act rapidly.”

Barack Obama, the previous US President, struck a extra empathetic tone, saying that the cathedral was one of many “world’s nice treasures” earlier than including that he was considering of individuals of France “in your time of grief.”

“It’s in our nature to mourn after we see historical past misplaced – however it’s additionally in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as sturdy as we are able to,” he stated.

British Labour MP Yvette Cooper occurred to be close to Notre-Dame together with her daughter on a visit to the French capital and stated she was frightened of anybody near the flames.

Movie star Idris Elba tweeted that he “couldn’t imagine” what was taking place to Notre-Dame, whereas French chef Eric Ripert stated it was “very unhappy” to observe the constructing burning.

Rock band Pearl Jam reminisced about going to the historic web site on their first journey to Paris in 1991.

On this planet of sport, tennis star Rafael Nadal stated that he was going to sleep nonetheless in shock over the pictures of the burning cathedral.

Spiritual leaders and holy websites additionally paid their tributes to the monument.

“Our ideas and prayers are with all these affected by the devastating fireplace at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, notably on this time of Holy Week,” stated a spokesperson for London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Twitter.

The Vatican additionally issued a press release in regards to the cathedral. It stated: “The Holy See has seen with shock and disappointment the information of the horrible fireplace that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, image of Christianity in France and on the earth.”

The Vatican stated it was praying for firefighters and officers attempting to cease the hearth on Monday.

The 400 firefighters confirmed heroism by saving the construction of the constructing, which many feared wouldn’t be intact on Tuesday morning. 700 folks had been contained in the constructing when the hearth broke out and miraculously all received out unscathed, although there was one fireman who was significantly injured.

Firefighters managed to get nearly all the treasured artifacts out of the constructing earlier than they received destroyed by the blaze. Across the streets of Paris, folks had been singing and praying for the holy web site.

Though the French President Emmanuel Macron referred to as the blaze “a horrible drama”, he was optimistic talking on the web site of the hearth, promising to rebuild the monument as “it was the future” of the French folks.

Up to date: April 16, 2019 04:08 AM


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