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For 856 years, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral has been a source of inspiration and glory to both Parisians and visitors from all over the world. In the wake of the massive April 15th fire that destroyed the cathedral’s roof and caused its 300-foot spire to collapse, it is somewhat consoling to know that at least not all has been lost. The two iconic bell towers, in addition to the 13th century stained glass rose windows, miraculously survived the damage.

The desire to rebuild is strong. However, the timing is likely to take a lot more than just 5 years. This declaration, which was made by French President Emmanuel Macron, has met its fair share of scrutiny over the past few weeks since the fire. Many sources state that given the size of the gigantic, medieval architecture, it could take decades.