Budapest is ready to contribute to the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris which was heavily damaged by fire on Monday, Mayor István Tarlós said in a letter to Anne Hidalgo, his Parisian counterpart.
“Notre Dame is an important symbol to us all and an important piece of universal Christian faith and culture,” Tarlós said in his letter. “With Easter approaching… unity and cohesion carry an even more important message,” the mayor added.
Budapest will do everything it can to support the refurbishment of Notre-Dame to the best of its ability, Tarlós wrote.
Asked by MTI how much the Budapest city council would contribute, Tarlós declined to specify the amount and argued that one “does not wave around the money he puts into the donation box in church, either”.
Tarlós said the capital’s contribution was not a “political move” but more of a “spiritual” question.
He pointed out that within a certain limit, Budapest‘s mayor has the authority to decide on the use of city council funds.
“It’s an interpretable sum,” Tarlós said, adding that he did not want to “advertise” Budapest’s contribution.
As we wrote before, the municipality of Szeged has offered 10,000 euros to aid the reconstruction, details HERE. The local authority of the city in southern Hungary said in a statement today that Paris had come to Szeged’s aid after one of its largest floods 140 years ago, and now Szeged is repaying the French capital in the spirit of European solidarity. Szeged is also launching a donation drive to raise funds for reconstructing the damaged parts of the cathedral, it added.
The municipality of Székesfehervár has also offered 10,000 euros towards the cost of reconstructing the damaged parts of the building.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a message of condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron and Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort of Reims, president of the French bishops’ conference, over the fire that devastated the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday.
the cathedral was a symbol to every Christian and a “shared refuge of our faith”.
The prime minister praised the “heroic efforts” of French firefighters in putting out the flames and “saving one of the symbols of European Christianity from complete devastation”.
Orbán wished France strength and asked for God’s blessing for the cathedral’s reconstruction.