A devastating fire has ravaged the 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Around the world, people are mourning, but one more than the French. Notre-Dame is more than a church for Parisians — it stands as a symbol for the city and its long and storied history. It's also one of Paris' most-visited tourist attractions. According to CNN, it draws around 13 million visitors a year.
Original construction on Notre-Dame began in 1160 under Bishop Maurice de Sully and was completed in 1260.
Fire crews are currently both inside and outside the cathedral, fighting the massive blaze.Associated Press, "We are not sure we are capable of stopping the spreading [to Notre Dame’s second tower and belfry]."
This is a heartbreaking video of the cathedral's historic spire collapsing during the fire.400 firefighters are fighting the fire, currently.
In this video, you can hear the anguished screams of those watching the spire fall.
This is currently what the inside looks like.
@Phil_Lewis_ French reporter tweeted inside #NotreDame https://t.co/L3tcXuAgAV— Kevin Young (@Kevin Young)1555369933.0
Here, a reporter describes the scene in Paris now.
#NotreDame: 'The roof has entirely collapsed, there are flames coming out the back of the cathedral as if it was a… https://t.co/s7qBsPGU9v— FRANCE 24 English (@FRANCE 24 English)1555350459.0
In this absolutely heart-wrenching footage, Parisians sing Ave Maria outside the burning cathedral.Religious or not, the Notre-Dame serves as a symbol for all of Paris, and the citizens of the city have gathered together in mourning tonight to watch as the fire crews try their best to beat back the violent flames.
There is something so shocking and sad about watching 850 years of history disappear in front of our eyes.
The tragedy of #NotreDame shows how small we all are. One spark and over 850 years of history is burning before our… https://t.co/nRugoS2Ueo— Dorota Tóthová (@Dorota Tóthová)1555370553.0