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UNESCO to assist reconstruction of Notre Dame post blaze

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The Educational, (UNESCO) on Tuesday offered assistance to for the reconstruction of iconic which suffered severe damages after a massive blaze engulfed the 13th-century gothic monument on Monday.

"Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of in have "gone" after the devastating fire in on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure," Heritage Centre said.

After paying a visit to the Parisian on Tuesday, Rossler said, "Many people are still in a state of shock, because it's not only the Christian community, it's a building for all of us."

"It's a universal symbol and it's the centre of ...I think this is really shocking people profoundly and they lost something that is part of their identity," she added.

Rossler noted that UNESCO has prepared a team of experts to investigate the stability of the stonework and potential damage to stained glass windows. Her announcement came a day after UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, in a statement, said that a "rapid damage assessment" would be carried out as soon as possible with the authorities.

Meanwhile, three French billionaire families, including LVMH Group, and L'Oreal, have donated a cumulative amount of 700 million Euros to help the reconstruction of the Cathedral, reported.

French also said that he planned to launch a national fundraising campaign to rebuild the centuries-old

The violent blaze, the origin of which remains unknown, shook the entire as people voiced their sadness upon seeing centuries of history go up in flames. Considered as the "beating heart" of French Catholicism, is viewed as a religious symbol by Christians who are currently observing the

A few of the most coveted relics in Christianity, including the Holy Crown, which many believe to be from the crown of thorns placed on the of Jesus, were safely rescued from the fire. Catholics have prayed to the crown at Notre Dame for more than 16 centuries now, according to the cathedral.

The Cathedral is part of the Heritage site of "Paris, Banks of the Seine" inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 11:25 IST