Even before the fire was fully extinguished at Notre-Dame Cathedral last night, French President Emmanuel Macron promised that the country would would rebuild the iconic monument.
"We'll rebuild this cathedral together," Macron said. “Because that is what the French expect.”
The reconstruction process will be extensive, as two-thirds of the roof was lost in the fire and there are now three holes in the vaulted ceiling, . At this point, it's unclear if the structure will be rebuilt exactly as it stood, or if modifications will be made. But what is certain, is that the effort will require an extensive amount of time and money.
Billionaires such as Bernard Arnault and François Pinault and corporations including Apple have already pledged to donate hundreds of millions of euros to the effort.
If you, too, would like to assist in the rebuilding of Notre Dame, the New York-based , an American non-profit dedicated to the "preservation, restoration and promotion" of the French heritage in the U.S. and France, has also .
"Notre-Dame is obviously an architectural marvel and most certainly a monument that should be restored," the group's executive director Jennifer Herlein . She said all funds raised will be donated to the effort.
have also been started to raise money for the cathedral. “In the coming hours we’ll be working with the authorities to find the best way of making sure funds get to the place where they will do the most good,” a spokesperson for the crowdfunding site told Reuters.
But don't expect to see the iconic monument reopen to the public anytime soon. The Telegraph that the president of the Federation for Restoration of Historical Monuments estimated that the process could take 10 to 15 years.
Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the rector of Notre Dame, hopes he will be able to celebrate mass in the church once more in his lifetime.
"I hope I will see that cathedral again in my lifetime and that I will celebrate a mass there," he said in a radio interview, according to Agence France Presse. "I'm 67 now and if all goes well, even if it takes 10 years, I will be 77 and still able to do it."