Following the devastating fire on Monday, the historic architecture was gutted come Tuesday morning. However, a Paris official confirmed that the Notre-Dame's main structure including it's iconic towers, have been saved and preserved.
— L A Z R U S (@lazrus26) April 16, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying to reporters,
We will rebuild Notre Dame because this is what the French expect, because this is what our history deserves, because it is our destiny.
The fund raising campaign will be launched today and French billionaire and businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, chief executive of Kering which owns brands such as Gucci and husband to Hollywood actress Salma Hayek has pledged 100 million euros in a statement released via AFP as reported by William Plummer today
"Mon père (François Pinault) et moi même avons décidé de débloquer dès à présent sur les fonds d'Artemis une somme de 100 millions d'euros pour participer à l'effort qui sera nécessaire à la reconstruction complète de Notre Dame", écrit François-Henri Pinault
— William Plummer (@PlummerWilliam) April 15, 2019
Which translated reveals,
The Pinault family unblocks 100 million euros for Notre-Dame de Paris (François-Henri Pinault at AFP)
My father (François Pinault) and I have decided to release from Artemis funds a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame ", writes François -Henri Pinault.
As news came in regarding the fire at the Cathedral, people all across the world began sharing their own pictures and stories from their visits to the iconic Paris landmark.
Here is video that I took at #NotreDame a short time before the fire today. When we left, it was still a beautiful, sunny day at this wonderful monument. I am in shock! So very sad pic.twitter.com/xkeRinrZnG
— Sonya Olds Som (@SonyaOldsSom) April 15, 2019
I'm so sad learning the Notre Dame news. We went for New Years. The history and detail from centuries ago was so captivating, it made it hard to leave. These panels are from the 14th century, preserved and beloved for so long… pic.twitter.com/psueJFrN4Y
— Chantel McCabe (@ChantelMcCabeGC) April 15, 2019
I made sure I visited you every time I was in town. I didn't realise that out last catch-up 6 months ago might be our last. Goodbye, my friend. You made me and so many others so happy. pic.twitter.com/WZes2pxTSw
— Bryan Gaensler 📡🧲 (@SciBry) April 15, 2019
In all the times I've visited, I was always frustrated by the inability to capture the awe of its architectural beauty in photographs. It is such a special place – truly the heart of Paris … and now, my heart is 💔#NotreDame pic.twitter.com/Aupo29bo3j
— Fátima Ptacek (@FatimaPtacek) April 15, 2019
I took this photo 2 nights ago. pic.twitter.com/lV8kMI2Iu4
— Nada Bakos (@nadabakos) April 15, 2019
I am absolutely terrified of heights, but made myself climb to see Notre Dame's gargoyles back in 2006. I took this photo and I'm so glad I did. What a terrible loss. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/p4aizqy2ez
— b.andherbooks (@bandherbooks) April 15, 2019
Inside Notre Dame, March 28, 2018. pic.twitter.com/ht5JyNGWeV
— Jon Weisman (@jonweisman) April 15, 2019
In the grand scheme of the world's problems, one landmark church burning might seem almost less important. But it's our collective history burning – all of us who have ever visited or seen it or studied it, and more…
💔 for Paris and Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/3R0AbhPgpG
— Kirsten Alana Photography 📷 ✈️ (@KirstenAlana) April 15, 2019