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Macron vows to rebuild notre dame cathedral

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Added On April 18, 2019

 French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral within five years, calling on the French to remain united.

The 850-year-old Gothic building was devastated by fire on Monday evening. 
 
World News has the latest. 
 
In a brief televised speech on Tuesday, Macron told the nation, quote, "We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years".
 
In early Monday evening, a fire broke out in the famed cathedral. Online footage showed thick smoke billowing from the top of the cathedral and huge flames between its two bell towers engulfing the spire and the entire roof which both collapsed later.
 
Visiting the burnt site, Macron announced the launch of a fundraising campaign to reconstruct the cathedral.
 
Although the extent of the damage is not estimated yet, donations of about 700 million euros (790 million U.S. dollars) have been pledged to rebuild the 850-year-old Gothic building Notre Dame Cathedral.
 
Meanwhile, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has suggested to organize a major conference of international donors bringing together businessmen from over the world to raise funds necessary to restore Notre Dame Cathedral. 
 
The cathedral, whose construction began in 1160 and continued over a century, is part of the World heritage site of "Paris, Banks of the Seine" inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991. It receives 13 million visitors yearly.