Polish National Committee offers France help in rebuilding Notre-Dame

Polish National Committee offers France help in rebuilding Notre-Dame. CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/PAP/EPA

Polish National Committee ICOMOS has offered France help in the reconstruction of Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral, partially destroyed by fire on Monday night, Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has announced.

The representatives of the Polish committee sent a letter to their French counterparts, in which they expressed their sadness in connection with the fire and underscored the willingness of establishing a team of experts specialising in the maintenance of stone, wood, stained glass and construction systems.

The authors of the letter noted that Notre-Dame is of particular significance for Poland due to the fact that Poland's Christianity millenium was celebrated in 1966 in the cathedral and that the cathedral's square was named after the late Polish Pope Saint John Paul II.

A massive fire raged through the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, gutting the roof, though firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control.