On Monday, the world was shocked to see the blazing fire which engulfed the Notre dome Cathedral. The 18-century monument was highly damaged due to this fire. To reconstruct and beautify the monument to its former glory, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) offered the assistance to France.
UNESCO World Heritage Centre Director Mechtild Rossler said, “Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have gone after the devastating fire, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help in rebuilding the iconic structure”.
She expressed, seeing people praying outside the stricken symbol of the city and the nation, still trying to take in the scale of the disaster.
Rossler stated It is a universal symbol and its center of France, I think this is really shocking people profoundly and “they lost something that is part of their identity”.
She noted, UNESCO had prepared a team of experts to investigate the stability of the stonework and potential damage to stained glass windows. Her announcement came a day after UNESCO’s Director General, Andrey Azoulay, in a statement said a “rapid assessment”.
The Cathedral is part of the World Heritage site officially known as Paris, Banks of the Seine, inscribed on the World Heritage List, in 1991. Notre Dame represents a historically, architecturally, and spiritually, outstanding universal heritage.
It is also a monument of literary heritage, a place that is unique in our collective imagination, said the UNESCO chief, adding that the inferno which engulfed the cathedral, but appears to have left the medieval stonework intact, reminds us of the power of heritage that connects us to one another. We are receiving messages of support from all over the world.
COURTESY:- NEWS BHARATI