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Notre-Dame de Paris meaning “Our Lady of Paris”, often referred to simply as Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France is one of France’s most famous landmarks. The cathedral is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its innovative use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, and the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style.
Last week a major fire engulfed the medieval cathedral,
The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved, officials say.
President Emmanuel Macron called it a “terrible tragedy”. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
Officials say it could be linked to the renovation work that began after cracks appeared in the stone, sparking fears the structure could become unstable.
Paris prosecutor’s office said it had opened an inquiry into “accidental destruction by fire”. A firefighter was seriously injured while tackling the blaze. Below are some images of the blaze and aftermath.