The cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris was built between ca. 1160 & 1345. From its origins, it has been one of the most important sites in all of Christendom. The building, fallen into ruin after years of neglect following the French Revolution, was saved thanks to a vast restoration campaign begun in 1844, led by architect Jean-Baptiste Lassus and Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. As a result of a French law passed in 1905, the cathedral became the property of the French State, but its use is dedicated exclusively to the Roman Catholic rite. It is classified as a French Historic Monument.
On April 15th, 2019, a huge fire in Paris devastated large parts of the 850-year-old church. Firefighters extinguished the fire after battling it for nine hours. Around 400 firefighters were involved. The fire burned for several hours, causing the collapse of the cathedral's iconic spire and the destruction of its roof structure, which dated back to the 13th century. Firefighters saved the walls, façade, pipe organ, towers, buttresses, and stained glass windows. The Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris was only 15 minutes away from total structural devastation.
French Ministry of Culture is responsible for regular maintenance, repairs and renovation of the building. Up unto this point all work was financed by the French State. But because of budgetary changes the State no longer wishes to assume the burden of financing desperately needed repairs. For this reason, Notre Dame Housing Development Fund Company Inc. needs something that to be given to a charity for carrying out reconstruction and renovation of Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.