Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo told about his experience at the Notre Dame Cathedral dated at least 850 years before it was attacked by fire and burnt down on Monday.
He said “I begged the head priest of the Cathedra to play organ in a farewell ceremony of the Cardinal, Jean Marie Lustigier who passed away at then, Luckily, I was assigned to do it since the Cathedral organ player was absent.A number of relics were rescued during Monday's devastating fire, which tore through and destroyed parts of the 850-year-old church.
Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of Paris fire service, entered the cathedral with firefighters to help salvage some of the priceless artifacts held in the building, the Paris 15th district mayor Philippe Goujon told reporters on Tuesday.
Macron said after the fire ‘’the fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched,” Macron said.
The full restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral will take between “10 to 15 years," according to Frédéric Létoffé, the head of the group of companies for the Restoration of Historic Monuments.
Létoffé, speaking at a news conference in Paris on Tuesday, said the site will need to be secured before any restoration work can take place.
“This will require a lot of work since, beyond shoring and reinforcement, it will be necessary to build a scaffolding with an umbrella to be able to cover the entire roof that went missing, to ensure protection against weathering" he said.
Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of the French Heritage Foundation (Fondation du Patrimoine), told CNN: “The roof was made of beechwood beams over 800 years ago. There are no longer trees of that size in France,” he said.
Asked if any trees in Europe were big enough for the beams and could be imported to Paris, he said, “I don’t know.”
Even before the blaze at Notre Dame was extinguished, fake news about the fire had ricocheted around the internet.