In just a day and a half since firefighters finally extinguished the blaze that ravaged the 12th-century Gothic cathedral, ordinary citizens and wealthy tycoons alike collectively pledged nearly $1 billion to rebuild the revered landmark. French President Emmanuel Macron, who will hold a Cabinet meeting on the disaster later today, set a five-year deadline for the effort.
Is that timeline realistic? Despite the generosity, experts say reconstruction could take at least a decade — though recent 3D maps and computer models of the structure could prove helpful.
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