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There is still little known about the cause of the devastating fire that broke out at the historic Notre Dame cathedral Monday, but millions have come out to express their sadness at the destruction of the iconic landmark. Celebrities, political figures and more have taken to social media to share memories from the location and marvel at its beauty.

Many celebs like Mandy Moore, Cher, Glenn Close, Laura Dern, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idris Elba, Ellie Goulding, Camila Cabello and Sophia Bush expressed sorrow and stood in solidarity with the people of Paris. Others like Emily Osment, Ashley Benson and Drew Scott shared memories from their own times visiting the site. Barack Obama reminded followers that though there is a time for mourning, “it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.”

 

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Notre Dame. Our Lady. Our Mother.

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Merci pour tout @pompiers_paris ♥️ Grateful for all of the first responders who risk it all for us, anytime and any place. #NotreDame • Victor Hugo wrote of the significance of Norte Dame, in “The Hunchback.” His musings feel incredibly appropriate now, as we all try to form the words that explain why this destruction cuts us to the core… This Cathedral is a symbol of resilience. History. And humanity. I’ll leave it to him … • “Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries. Art often undergoes a transformation while they are pending, pendent opera interrupta; they proceed quietly in accordance with the transformed art. The new art takes the monument where it finds it, incrusts itself there, assimilates it to itself, develops it according to its fancy, and finishes it if it can. The thing is accomplished without trouble, without effort, without reaction,— following a natural and tranquil law. It is a graft which shoots up, a sap which circulates, a vegetation which starts forth anew. Certainly there is matter here for many large volumes, and often the universal history of humanity in the successive engrafting of many arts at many levels, upon the same monument. The man, the artist, the individual, is effaced in these great masses, which lack the name of their author; human intelligence is there summed up and totalized.” • via @voxdotcom #VictorHugo #PompiersDeParis

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When I was in France last year I saw Notre Dame for the first time. I did so much on my trip to Paris, but the short hour I spent here one evening was actual magic. I remember it being so large it was impossible to take pictures of. My friend, @vanmansam and I (who had been aggressively loquacious all day) fell silent and just listened to the bells, listened to mass in French, listened to the people around us have their breath taken from them. Thank you, Sam, you made sure I got a chance to marvel at it. It’s a word more than tragic, or heartbreaking, but I can’t find it. The fire that takes down Notre Dame is the omen we all need to pay very careful attention to. It is so much more than a church, it’s the largest beacon of hope i’ve ever seen and today I am simply grateful I did see it. I don’t know why our world is so sad right now and I don’t know what to do, or even what mountain to tackle first. In this long moment of crisis we’ve been living, sometimes the only thing to do to feel better is to simply have love and give love to everything around us in whatever way leaves more peace than there was before. Go forth. See the world. You don’t know how much time the world has.

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In Oct 2015, I was sent to London on a work trip to introduce European toy manufacturers to Disney’s newest princess: Elena of Avalor. Because the trip happened to fall on our 1 year anniversary, @mistertimrock decided to tag along. He woke me up early on the morning of October 16th and announced that he had arranged a walking tour as his anniversary gift. It wasn’t until we arrived at the train station that I realized we would actually be taking a walking tour of Paris. When we pulled into Gare Du Nord, he handed me a stack of envelopes, each containing a clue of where we were going next. Our first stop was Notre Dame. Tim isn’t religious and we’d both seen the cathedral before, so it stuck me as an odd choice. He explained that because Catholicism had once been a big part of my life, he wanted to honor it by starting the day off with a prayer. He lit a candle. Little did I know that tucked in his backpack was a wrinkled wad of tissue paper. Hidden within it was a ring, which he held up a few hours later as he asked me to marry him. Looking back, that prayer at Notre Dame was a beginning. It was with that prayer that we embarked on the first day of the rest of our days. As I watch the images of Notre Dame engulfed in flames, I think of all of the memories made there through the centuries—the history. Not just cultural history, but the small, personal histories that exist only in the hearts of two people, and in the eyes of God.

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While the Notre Dame’s distinctive spire was part of the building to collapse in the tragedy, the bell towers remained in place and the rebuilding effort is already being funded with companies and individuals stepping up to help with restoration. A group of French billionaires — including Salma Hayek’s husband François-Henri Pinault — and companies have already pledged $450 million.