The monks from the monastery of Visoki Decani expressed their deep solidarity with all Christians and citizens of France regarding the great fire that ravaged Notre Dame on Monday. „May God grant the speedy reconstruction of this beautiful church so that it may rise again in all its splendor,“ they said.
A fire broke out in the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday afternoon. It spread quickly and the spire of the cathedral completely burned and collapsed, after which the entire roof also collapsed. The fire lasted several hours and the structure was preserved. Firefighters also succeeded in preventing the destruction of one of the main bell towers, while most religious relics and priceless works of art were saved.
„The worst was avoided,“ French President Emmanuel Macron said at the scene.
Messages of solidarity and support of France arrived from all over the world, including the Visoki Decani Monastery.
„After yesterday’s fire which severely damaged one of the oldest European Cathedrals, which announced in 1389 the victory of the Serbian Christian Army at Kosovo Field, we express the deepest solidarity with all Christians of France and all its citizens for which this church has been a symbol of identity. May God grant the speedy reconstruction of this beautiful church so that it may rise again in all its splendor,” the clergy of the monastery Visoki Decani wrote on Facebook.
The top Serbian and Kosovo officials sent their support to France following the outbreak of fire.
„All citizens of Serbia are sad about Notre Dame. We stand by our French friends and we are ready to help restore this symbol of French and world civilization,“ the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic tweeted.
On the other hand, the Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj announced today that the Kosovo government will allocate funds for the reconstruction of this cathedral, Pristina-based Koha reported.
Notre Dame is not only a symbol of Christianity, but it is also one of the most famous cathedrals in Western Europe. It is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is annually visited by almost 14 million tourists and Catholic believers.
The construction of the cathedral began in 1163 and was completed almost two centuries later in 1345.
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