Construction on Notre Dame - French for "Our Lady" - began in the 12th century and continued for almost 200 years.
The three large stained-glass rose windows, among the most famous parts of the cathedral, were not destroyed, but might have been damaged by the heat and will be assessed by an expert.
In addition to being fires in Catholic cathedrals, both buildings were historic monuments of great importance to the communities where they were built, both were under renovation when fire broke out and both were tourist attractions. (Winnipeg Tribune collection/University of Manitoba Archives) It's unclear whether any of Notre Dame's stained glass survived the fire, but the glass is gone from this opening.
As of Tuesday morning, it had raised $237,857.
The interior of the Notre Dame Cathedral, April 16, 2019.
Germany and Poland were among the countries that offered assistance.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the NY archbishop, said New Yorkers were united in sorrow with Parisians, who can "count on our love, prayers, support and solidarity".
Several of France's business elite have already pledged money to help, including a 200 million euros ($226 million) donation from Bernard Arnault and 100 million from Francois Pinault, heads of luxury goods groups LVMH and Kering respectively.
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A French cultural heritage expert says France no longer has trees big enough to replace ancient wooden beams that burned in the Notre Dame fire.
Bertrand de Feydeau is the vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine.
Officials consider the fire an accident, possibly as a result of restoration work taking place at the global architectural treasure, but that news has done nothing to ease the national mourning. In an interview with the Associated Press, he noted 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".
For Olivier Lebib, who has lived in Paris for 40 years, it is necessary for the cathedral to be restored to its former glory.
"My father and myself have made a decision to release a sum of €100 million from our Artemis funds [the family holding company] to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre-Dame", Pinault said in a statement obtained by French newspaper Le Figaro.
"Emotionally, everyone is devastated and struck, but let's be clear, the main stone structure of the cathedral is standing", Jean-Louis Cohen, a professor of the history of architecture at New York University Institute of Fine Arts, told Al Jazeera.
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