The world reacted with shock and prayers to the massive fire at the
As the flames tore through the 12th-century cathedral,
The fire is a "catastrophe for
"It's a part of our growing up, it's a part of our culture, it's a part of our lives," Trump said of the landmark.
"Notre Dame is one of the world's great treasures, and we're thinking of the people of
"The majesty of Notre Dame - the history, artistry, and spirituality - took our breath away, lifting us to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be," she tweeted. She predicted the cathedral would rise again.
As the flames spread, Cardinal
"God preserve this splendid house of prayer, and protect those battling the blaze," Dolan said in a statement.
"Civilization is just so fragile," Boehm told a reporter in a trembling voice. "This great hulking monument of stone has been there since 1163. It's come through so many trials."
On Twitter, Trump suggested using planes to drop water on the flames.
"All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral," the agency tweeted.