On the anniversary of the blaze which rocked the world and ripped through Notre-Dame de Paris on April 15, 2019, the cathedral’s historic bell will sound at 8pm (7pm GMT) in honour of the health workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
IT will be the second time the bell has sounded since the inferno which engulfed the roof and the spire and came dangerously close to destroying the 850-year-old cathedral completely.
Part of the structure undamaged was the southern belfry which houses the 13-tonne, 350- year-old bell, France’s second largest.
And its second sounding in 12 months will take place at the same time Parisians take to their balconies to applaud health workers battling against the outbreak which has claimed the lives of almost 16,000 people in France.
Former UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, tweeted: “My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.”
Spain’s PM Pedro Sanchez also posted: “The fire of Notre Dame is a catastrophe for France. And it is for Spain and for Europe. The flames devastate 850 years of history, of architecture, of painting, of sculpture. It’ll be hard to forget. France can count on us to regain the grandeur of its heritage.”
The cause of the fire was found to be accidental, with prosecutors still trying to determine whether it was the result of faulty wiring in the renovation works or a discarded cigarette.