Heartwarming picture taken just before Notre Dame's fire has gone viral | #TheCube

Heartwarming picture taken just before Notre Dame's fire has gone viral | #TheCube

"It is really going to be up to the French state and benefactors to help to restore and rebuild this", Robert Read, head of art and private client at Lloyd's of London insurer Hiscox told Reuters, adding it could take up to 20 years to restore the cathedral.

SHOCKING new footage has emerged which shows a 40ft wall of flames engulfing the 850-year-old Notre Dame. Hidalgo said "there is no roof anymore, there's none of that left" - but that the interior was in much better condition than she and others had expected.

However, the floor was covered in charred rubble from the fallen roof and water while parts of the vaulting at the top of the cathedral had collapsed. Major travel agencies said Tuesday they were trying to ease concerned travelers who had their sights set on seeing Notre Dame, Sankei Shimbun reported. On Monday night when the flames made the nave impenetrable, Colossus made its entrance, controlled from a distance by firefighters.

Almost $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire.

"The end of the fire doesn't mean the edifice is totally saved".

The Paris fire service said that the last remnants of the blaze were extinguished Tuesday, 15 hours after the fire broke out.

"Nothing indicates this was a deliberate act", said public prosecutor Rémy Heitz, adding that he expected to be a "long and complex" case. They are due to move out of Parliament in 2025 to allow for renovations that are estimated to cost £3.6bn. Feydeau told France Info radio that the cathedral's roof can not be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because "we don't, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century".

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Sadness which Mulaire now sees Parisians feeling in the aftermath of this latest blaze, a blaze which has many cherishing memories of seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Germany and Poland were among the countries that offered assistance.

The Notre Dame cathedral was built over centuries, starting in 1163.

Support came from outside France as well, with Apple chief Tim Cook announcing the tech giant would give an unspecified amount to help restore a "precious heritage for future generations".

While St. Boniface Cathedral was never restored to its former stature, Carriere also feels the worldwide significance of Notre Dame will ensure it is rebuilt on a similar scale to the burned structure. Many priceless artworks and cultural relics were taken out before being burned. However, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of firefighters, the facade and two towers remain.

They include what is said to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus before his crucifixion and a tunic King Louis IX is said to have worn when he brought the crown to Paris.