HOUSTON — The images that capture Notre Dame Cathedral burning left people horrified all over the world.
The Cathedral is one of the most beloved churches in the world due to its history, impressive architecture and art.
Notre Dame took 182 years to build. Its construction began in 1163 and wasn’t completed until 1345.
Flying buttresses and Notre Dame’s two bell towers are features that help draw approximately 13 million people every year.
A centerpiece of the Cathedral is France’s largest organ made up of 8,000 pipes.
In the 19th century, the 750-ton spire was built and could be seen for miles over Paris’ skyline. It was destroyed during Monday’s fire along with the famous oak roof constructed of 52 acres of forest.
16 historic statues that usually stand below the spire were spared as they were removed last week for the renovations.
Inside are the famous stained-glass Rose Windows, priceless artwork that date back centuries, and several religious relics believed to have been used in Christ’s crucifixion are also feared to be damaged or destroyed.
Notre Dame has been heavily damaged before, notably during the French Revolution in the 1790s. It was later renovated and rebuilt at the direction of Napoleon.
On Monday, French leaders vowed to rebuild the historic giant once again.