Yesterday, reports of a terrible fire that engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, circulated around the world. The world-famous cathedral, which is located on the Île de la Cité in Paris' 4th arrondissement, is regarded as both a historical and cultural landmark. Grief-stricken onlookers documented the Notre Dame Cathedral fire with photos and videos, depicting billowing smoke and flames surrounding the spire.
The heartbreaking moment when the cathedral's spire collapsed was caught on camera.
Crowds of mourners sang "Ave Maria" outside the Notre Dame yesterday as the fire destroyed the cathedral's exterior.
Several French ministers met Tuesday under the leadership of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to come up with a reconstruction plan. Donations have been flowing in to fund the rebuild of the cathedral, including a generous 100-million euro donation from the family of billionaire François Pinault, the majority shareholder and honorary chairman of the retail conglomerate Kering.
Here is what the remains of the Notre Dame Cathedral looks like the morning after it was devastated by the blaze. Astonishingly, the cathedral's altar and crucifix are still standing.