Massive Fire Erupts Inside Ancient Nantes Cathedral

Firefighters Are Battling To Save The Cathedral That Took 457 Years To Build

Construction on Nantes Cathedral (officially known as Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes) began in 1434 and didn’t end until 1891, now the imposing Roman Catholic Church is fighting for its life as firefighters rush to quell the flames that have erupted on the inside. Was it started by malicious vandals or a misplaced candle? Little is known at this time.

What is known is that the Church has survived through some of the most perilous events in human history. During the second World War it was damaged by an Allied bombing raid. In 1972, a massive fire erupted on the roof of the building, eventually causing severe structural damage to the wooden frame.

The fire comes a year and three months since the horrific fire at Notre Dame.

The cause of both fires remain unknown.