Nearly the whole world watched in horror yesterday as Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed in flames. Video footage seen in this article shows the moment when the steeple was finally overtaken by the fire and came falling down.
By now, it's nearly 3 PM in Paris and luckily the fire has finally been quelled, but without the flames to distract it is now clear how much damage the fire managed to do.
Take a look below at some photos taken this morning in Paris that show not only the damage... but also the miraculous artifacts that managed to survive the fire.
TL;DR The horrific fire yesterday at Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral has finally been put out, and photos have started to surface of the damage done. Even more impressive is what has managed to survive.
This could be the most stupid/naive question but wouldn’t #Notre_dame_de_Paris be insured? Sincere answers please. https://t.co/RvALLkFm0g— hashhag (@hashhag) 1555414789.0
The photo above shows just how vicious the fire was yesterday, taking much of the wooden framework of the church, the roof and the steeple up with it.
Below are photos of what the cathedral looks like today.
This is how Notre Dame cathedral looks this morning https://t.co/APXL8gEoQA https://t.co/CKmRDwc1Tr— CNN (@CNN) 1555408490.0
Notre Dame cathedral fire was 'an accident,' officials say https://t.co/VSXISBaxSE https://t.co/DwxtJZbNeT— New York Post (@New York Post) 1555415229.0
Notre-Dame blaze probably accidental, French prosecutors say https://t.co/CUhvcdsiBg https://t.co/irV5W5EQMA— Reuters (@Reuters) 1555413360.0
At this point, most news sources are still chalking up the fire to an "accident." Thought what caused the initial spark, accidental or not, has still not been shared with the public.
In these photos, you can see the steeple is now completely gone and much of the roof has been damaged or has caved in entirely.
.@andreina informa desde París que tanto la estructura central, como las torres emblemáticas y las obras de artes y… https://t.co/TBmF6M5FkL— Federico Black B. (@Federico Black B.) 1555415219.0
The video above shows emergency teams still present on the scene in the early morning hours.
What is even more impressive is what has managed to survive the insane fire. Seen below is much of the altar, still entirely intact
Crazy photo of the altar inside Notre Dame, by Reuters' Philippe Wojazer https://t.co/KjRPSVKJRA— Stefan Becket (@Stefan Becket) 1555367783.0
What an amazing day. The Virgin of Paris. Carved in the early 1300's. Still stunning. Survived the fire in Notre Da… https://t.co/POmEpVKx8D— OZAbbey (@OZAbbey) 1555414356.0
Also still standing is the Virgin of Paris, noted above as carved in 1300 and still intact despite the fire that raged on around it yesterday.
The tweet below also notes that all three of Notre Dame's Rose Windows managed to survive the fire, as well.
All three of Notre Dame's Rose Windows SURVIVED blaze, Archbishop of Paris says, as first daylight images show infe… https://t.co/cubiIHPxuf— Jolly Mampilly (@Jolly Mampilly) 1555415283.0
What these photos from inside Notre Dame tell us about the fire https://t.co/acVVYGrLrf https://t.co/jvEckC4ybB— CNN (@CNN) 1555413195.0
The fire teams clearly worked quickly and effectively and for that, they should be commended. I can't imagine what it must have felt like to be in Paris yesterday, let alone to be responsible for trying to manage a fire of that size on a building of that importance.
Our hearts go out to the French today as they mourn such a cultural and historical monument.