Notre Dame Cathedral: 5 Things You Should Know A fire has blazed through the 856-year-old Parisian monument, doing irreparable damage to the gothic masterpiece. Here are 5 facts about the landmark 1. The cornerstone of Notre-Dame de Paris, meaning "Our Lady of Paris," was laid in 1163. Under the direction of Maurice de Sully, the site was where a pagan temple once stood. 2. According to Notre Dame's website, its towers stand 220 feet tall and the building is more than 400 feet long. Notre Dame Cathe

Notre Dame Cathedral: How you can donate to help rebuild it

Even before the fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral was extinguished, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed the iconic symbol of Paris would be rebuilt.

The full cost of reconstruction is not yet known, but French billionaires and companies have already pledged $450 million toward the effort.

The largest donation so far was from LVMH Group, which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy. The company and the family of CEO Bernard Arnault promised $226 million, CNN reported.

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The Pinault family, which controls French luxury conglomerate Kering, pledged an additional $113 millio, according to CNN. Kering brands include Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. 

"This tragedy is striking all the French people, and beyond that, all those attached to spiritual values," François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering, said in a statement.

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But those who are not billionaires can also donate to help rebuild the 865-year-old cathedral.

The Guardian reported Tuesday morning a national collection was launched by the Foundation for French Heritage. You can donate online here or by check payable to the "Heritage Foundation — Save Our Lady" at the following address:  

Heritage Foundation - Île-de-France Delegation

53 bis avenue Charles De Gaulle

92200 Neuilly sur Seine

Notre Dame cathedral is pictured from the top of the Montparnasse tower, Tuesday April 16, 2019 in Paris. Firefighters declared success Tuesday morning in an over 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Photo: Thibault Camus/AP

Donations can also be made to the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris. Checks can be sent to:

Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris

PNC Bank
800 17th Street NW
Washington DC 20006

ABA : 031000053
SWIFT : PNCCUS33 (For International wire only)
Account Number : 5360272299

Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris is a 501c3 charity incorporated in October 2016. It has been raising funds to help finance the restoration of the cathedral.

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