Notre Dame

A devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris April 15 evening destroyed the spire of the 850-year-old historical cathedral. (Xinhua/Alexandre Karmen/IANS photo)

MUMBAI — As the news of a major fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris broke out, Bollywood celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Nimrat Kaur and Arjun Kapoor and many others took to social media to voice their heartache on seeing the iconic cathedral in flames.

The devastating fire that engulfed the Notre Dame, the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark in Paris, was brought under control April 16 morning, and the Cathedral’s main structure as well as its two towers have been saved.

The fire began at around 6.30 p.m. April 15 and quickly caused the collapse of the Cathedral’s spectacular Gothic spire and the destruction of its roof structure, which dates back to the 13th century.

Here’s what some of the celebrities tweeted:

Rishi Kapoor: “Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral will survive! It has the good wishes and prayers of millions.”

Arjun Kapoor: “Devastated on seeing the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral... a piece of history turn to ashes. Our hearts are with the people of France.”

Nimrat Kaur: “One with everyone grieving for Notre Dame de Paris... can never forget the feeling of beholding the beauty of that sight when I first experienced it. Such a profound loss.”

Riteish Deshmukh: “This is a world tragedy Notre Dame -I have no words to express my sadness. To every Notre Dame lover - am so so sorry.”

Raveena Tandon: “Terrible. Terrible. This is a horrible loss to history and ancient heritage.”

Swara Bhasker: “Notre Dame heartbreaking!”

Tamannaah Bhatia: “She’s been around for over 800 years not just as a testament of our history but also place for many that found their peace, hope and faith in. This iconic monument is an inspiration to artists across the globe and it’s really sad to know that humanity has lost Notre Dame today.”

Boman Irani: “The Notre Dame tragedy is hard to watch. The people of France must be devastated. We hope and pray that its restoration will serve to heal.”

Gul Panag: “Waking up to visuals of the fire at Notre Dame.”

Rahul Dholakia: “Centuries of art, history, culture; the heartbeat of Paris; now in flames. It’s a tragedy for the world, not just for France Notre Dame on fire.”


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