Experts say the devastating Notre Dame fire was a warning bell that all of Europe needs to hear since so many monuments and palaces across the continent are in need of better upkeep.

They cite a near-endless list of fires at historical sites in Europe and wonder why officials so often don’t learn before it’s too late.

Juan Antonio Herraez of Spain’s Cultural Heritage institute wants officials to shift their focus to prevention and regular maintenance instead of only reacting to disasters.

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 27, 2018, a view of the Rialto bridge, in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
FILE – In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 27, 2018, a view of the Rialto bridge, in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The problem is that prevention is practically invisible but grand restorations can be a boon for the politicians cutting the ribbon.

Notre Dame donations now stand at over 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) — or about three years of France’s national restoration budget.

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Trevi Fountain is cordoned-off hours before the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Roma, in Rome, Italy. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, FILE)
FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Trevi Fountain is cordoned-off hours before the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Roma, in Rome, Italy. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, FILE)
FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 7, 2018, European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, during a meeting of the College of the European Commission at EU headquarters in Brussels. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, FILE)
FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 7, 2018, European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, during a meeting of the College of the European Commission at EU headquarters in Brussels. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, FILE)
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