France is in shock, after a huge fire swept through Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. As fire-crews battled the blaze, crowds of local residents gathered at the scene. President Macron has promised that the cathedral will be rebuilt.
Global leaders have expressed their solidarity with France in light of the tragedy. As the flames subsided, President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the 800 year-old cathedral.
Authorities say the basic structure of the 12th-century cathedral, one of Europe's most visited landmarks, has been "saved and preserved." Investigators are looking into a link with renovation work being carried out.
French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged that Notre Dame will be rebuilt within 5 years, and donations are pouring in. But how realistic is this? DW spoke with church construction expert Thomas Eissing to find out.
Following the Notre Dame fire, the former master builder of Cologne's cathedral, Barbara Schock-Werner, told DW why cathedrals aren't insured and how Cologne's fire-fighting system differs to that of Notre Dame.
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