Notre Dame: 350,000 people give €104 million to rebuild medieval cathedral
France’s Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, announced today that a total of €104 million have been raised from 350,000 donors to rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris – a medieval cathedral in Paris, devastated by massive fire six months ago, on April 15, 2019.
“It is too early to say whether the accumulated sum will be enough [for restoration work]. Overall, contributors have pledged to allocate 922 million euro,” French BFM Television quoted the minister as saying.
Officially, four organizations are raising donations to rebuild the medieval icon – Centre des Monuments Nationaux, La Fondation Notre Dame, La Fondation du Patrimoine and La Fondation de France.
A fire broke out at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on the evening of April 15. Due to the fierce blaze, the building’s spire and most of the roof collapsed. French authorities and private donors pledged hundreds of millions of euro to rebuild one of the French capital’s most significant landmarks. Offers of assistance came from Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and other countries.