Fascinating before and after photos of the Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Hundreds of millions of euros have been pledged to renovate Notre-Dame cathedral after Monday’s devastating blaze.

Check out the before-and-after sliding images below, which highlight the damage from the fire. 

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed that the Unesco World Heritage site will be rebuilt “even more beautifully”, but some experts have warned that reconstruction could take decades.

The main problems include the sourcing of materials and painstaking work to preserve elements of the church that have survived the fire but might have been badly damaged by it, experts have warned.

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Eric Fischer, who heads a foundation restoring the 1,000-year-old Strasbourg Cathedral that recently underwent a three-year facelift, said he thought rebuilding Notre Dame would probably take several decades.

The fire completely demolished the wooden frame of the building within the stone exterior.
Photos show at least one of the rose windows survived the fire, as did the 18th Century organ.

Construction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral began in 1163; it took more than a century to build and was finished in the 13th century. The cathedral, an architectural, historical, engineering, and artistic wonder, has become a symbol not only for those practicing Catholicism but also to Parisians and visitors from around the world.

The fire, which is believed to have started in the attic of the cathedral, broke out at around 6:30 p.m. local time Monday. Around 400 firefighters worked to contain the flames.

Before and after photos of Notre Dame Cathedral show fire’s devastation.

Inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral
The altar and crucifix.
The fire destroyed the spire of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
The roof of the Cathedral was badly damaged by the fire.
A stonework design near the top of the Cathedral was badly damaged.

Before and after images originally published on www.huffpost.com

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