President Trump shared his condolences with the French people after the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, suffered severe losses due to a fire.
The U.S. president described the flames which burned much of the interior and ultimately toppled the cathedral’s spire as “a terrible sight to behold,” ABC News reports.
In his remarks, the president described the Notre Dame Cathedral as “one of the great treasures of the world” and said there were no places like it.
“That is beyond countries, that’s beyond anything,” Trump continued, speaking of the tragedy and the restorative process already underway. “That’s a part of our growing up, it’s a part of culture. It’s a part of our lives.”
Earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to share his condolences with the French people.
“God bless the people of France!” he tweeted.
The U.S. president added: “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”
The Associated Press reports Queen Elizabeth II similarly shared her sympathy for the French people.
The British monarch says she was “deeply saddened” to see the cathedral ablaze, and expressed “sincere admiration to the emergency services who have risked their lives to try to save this important national monument.”
British politicians and religious leaders have also sent messages of goodwill and offers of help in rebuilding the medieval building.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England, tweeted an image of the fire-damaged cathedral with a passage from the Bible: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’”
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Reuters shared some photos during the incident, as the flames sought to burn the heart and heritage of Parisian history to the ground, and they were—as Trump described them—enormous and very visible from afar. Check it out:
News of the devastating fire quickly circulated the globe as those who understood and appreciated its history mourned its loss. While the two front towers of the cathedral stood in defiance of a flame seeking to tear it down, enough damage had been done to the structure’s interior that architects are predicting a decade or more of needed renovations.