The spire of Notre Dam was previously destroyed around 1789 during the French revolution. Notre Dam was rebuilt in the 1840s and that rebuilding included a new spire.
The good news is that Notre Dam was rebuilt before and it will be rebuilt after yesterdays fire.
Last year, Notre Dam had trouble raising the 60 million euros needed for maintenance. Now, they will have already been given hundreds of millions of euros for a reconstruction.
Firefighters were able to save the main cathedral, the stain glass windows and the relics. The spire and a lot of the roof was lost.
Ultra-precise Laser Scans Will Help Reconstruction
There are numerous high-resolution photographs and laser scans of Notre Dam. Art historian Andrew Tallon made laser scan accurate to within five millimeters.
Digital Scans were also made for the video game Assassin’s Creed.
SOURCES – France in Focus, Assassin’s Creed, National Geographic
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com