Trey Johnson – Reporter
The hunchback has lost his home. On April 15, the Notre-Dame de Paris in France caught on fire. Notre-Dame de Paris (French for “Our Lady in Paris”) was finished in 1260 after 100 years of construction. Many renovations to the building have occurred since then. One of the largest occurred from 1844 to 1864 after the publication of the famous novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. He wrote the book to remind people of the importance of gothic architecture and because of this, he included extensive, vivid details of the cathedral in his book.
“The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral was a great tragedy. said senior Reed Bona. This Cathedral held years of history and was one of the most notable monuments in Paris,” said senior Reed Bona.
It took approximately 500 firefighters 15 hours to put out the flames. The firefighters also managed to save the relics and artifacts as the fire was spreading throughout the building. The statues also survived because they were being cleaned at the time. The cathedral did not collapse but it did sustain great damage including the spire which did collapse. President Emmanuel Macron of France announced a contest for architects to redesign and rebuild the spire.
Macron also plans for the entire cathedral to be reconstructed within five years and that it would be improved. Some have found this plan to be too optimistic. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed doubt and renovation expert Pierluigi Pericolo estimated it would take up to 15 years. Over one billion dollars have already been donated to the church’s reconstruction. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is still being investigated extensively but the prevailing theory by investigators is that renovation work being done at the time had some connection to the blaze.