This past Monday, the world saw the famed Notre Dame Cathedral go up in flames and it was nothing short of tragic. Locals and tourists alike could do nothing but stand by and watch Paris fire crews battle the blaze, which ultimately resulted in devastating destruction of both the interior and exterior architecture. However, one thing that did survive the fire is the Notre Dame viral photo, taken just before the blaze broke out.
Whenever there is darkness in the world, many people choose to fight back with kindness. A heartwarming image went viral on Wednesday. The image, which was captured by a woman named Brooke Windsor roughly an hour before the landmark caught fire, features a father and his daughter sharing a sweet moment in front of the structure.
Windsor took to Twitter in an attempt to find the pair, hoping to share the touching photograph of their last moments with the now partially-destroyed cathedral. It was a long shot request, but people quickly took to the task and began sharing the photo in hopes of catching the eye of someone who knew the father and daughter:
It was revealed early this morning that the internet has succeeded in its mission. The father reportedly reached Windsor on Twitter to identify himself and his family:
"The search is over! The photo has reached the dad & family. He has chosen to remain anonymous in the wake of tragedy, and writes: 'Thanks again for that beautiful photo, we will find a special place for it.' Thank you to everyone who has shared the picture and for your kind words." Wrote Windsor in her tweet announcing the moment.
It is moments like these that give people hope in the wake of loss. Several big-name companies including the likes of Apple and Disney have already come forward to say that will commit to rebuilding the Cathedral, reports CNN.
The Notre Dame Cathedral began its construction in 1163 it was finally finished 182 years later in 1345.