For centuries the Notre Dame Cathedral has been a landmark tourist attraction in Paris. The cathedral took 100 years to build and was completed in 1260. Although many of the religious icons were destroyed during the French Revolution, the building achieved notoriety following the publication of Victor Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1831. Each year about 12-million tourists visit the building which is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron says Paris will rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral after a devastating fire. Speaking outside the iconic landmark, Macron said that thanks to the efforts of firefighters, the facade, including the two bell towers, has been saved. He declared that the worst has been avoided. To help rebuild the cathedral, Macron pledged to launch an international fundraising campaign.
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