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UNESCO promises aid for Notre Dame's emergency rebuilding plan

The rapid damage assessment would be carried out with national and local authorities, the cathedral's site management and church authorities, the U.N. agency said.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris before the fire.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris before the fire. (AN/David Merrett)

PARIS (AN) — The U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency pledged to help French authorities make a rapid damage assessment of the inferno that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours.

The Roman Catholic cathedral, an iconic symbol of Paris, is considered the finest example of French Gothic architecture. Its construction — which began in 1160 and continued over a century — is famed for its innovative use of rib vaults and buttresses, stained glass rosettes and sculpted ornaments.

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