Fast Facts about Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and the Fire

3 Fast Facts

Where: Paris, France

When: Construction began in 1163 and was completed in 1345; took almost 200 years to complete

Significance: One of France’s most historic landmarks, more than 850 years old. Many historical events took place there such as, French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation was held at the Cathedral. Henry VI of England was made king of France inside the Cathedral in 1431. It has also survived two World Wars but, was damaged and robbed during the French Revolution. Lastly, it is recognized as a museum holding relics tied to Jesus, symbolic decorations, valuable artwork, gargoyles, and architectural details.

The Fire

On Monday, April 15th, a fire broke out in the Cathedral around 6 pm. While the exact cause is unknown, investigators do not suspect terrorism or arson. While they do believe for it to have been an accident a French newspaper reported that the fire may have started at the bottom of the cathedral's spire caused by an electrical problem in an elevator. Officials said that two fire alarms sounded; one at 6:20 p.m. but there were no sightings of fire then, another alarm at 6:43 p.m. where flames then engulfed the roof of the Notre Dame.

Thousands of people have already started paying their respects to France. New York City lit up both the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building in the colors representing the French flag. Instagram and Twitter had many that shared videos and pictures of them in and outside of the monument. Nearly $1 billion have already been pledged in donations by famous French companies such as L’Oreal and CEO’s of those companies as well The Walt Disney Company.



We pray that investigators can get to the bottom of what started the fire as well as the rebuilding of such a beautiful and significant church.