Good news is the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is still standing after fires ripped through the religious structure causing major damage to the roof and destroying the spire. The bad news, it’s going to take a long time and a lot of money to repair the ancient building.
On Tuesday officials let cameras take a look inside as they try to determine what caused the massive blaze. According to those same officials, the cathedral appears to be structurally sound.
By the looks of the interior shots, the fires caused quite a mess. Parts of the roof are missing, tons of debris has fallen into the main sanctuary, but a gold cross still stands as a beacon of hope.
Nearly 50 investigators have been assigned to the case and are interviewing workers who were involved in the restoration project before the fire broke out.
As for where they are going to find the money to rebuild, don’t worry lots of people are stepping forward to help out. The mega rich Pinault family has pledged $113 million and so did the French energy company, Total.
As if that wasn’t enough, the family of Bernard Arnault plan to contribute $225 million to help. In case you’re wondering how they’re so rich, they own LVHM (Louis Vuitton, Möet and Hennessy) so they’ve got some major cash. Uber rich businessman Antoine Arnault and his partner Natalia Vodianova were pictured arriving to see the devastation first-hand.
Experts are saying it will take 10 to 15 years to for the full restoration to be complete.