On Monday, April 15, it was reported that the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was on fire.
As the world watched with horror, the blaze quickly spread along the roof of the centuries-old landmark, toppling the structure's spire and collapsing part of its roof.
Firefighters rushed to slow the flames, but were met with difficulty due to the height of the rooftop blaze.
Now, a day later, with the fire fully extinguished, the public is getting their first look at the interior of the cathedral.
1/2 #Intervention #NotreDame : la structure de la cathédrale est sauvée et les principales œuvres d’art ont été sau… https://t.co/POjrRDZRSY— Pompiers de Paris (@Pompiers de Paris) 1555397475.0
2/2 Après plus de 9h de combats acharnés, près de 400 pompiers de Paris sont venus à bout de l’effroyable l’incendi… https://t.co/xfn33wAAT2— Pompiers de Paris (@Pompiers de Paris) 1555397860.0
Notre-Dame is aflame. Great emotion for the whole nation. Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French pe… https://t.co/pA7BbnQHxo— Emmanuel Macron (@Emmanuel Macron) 1555360597.0
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before they caused serious harm to the cathedral's iconic bell towers.
Paris firefighters have confirmed the blaze at Notre Dame cathedral is fully extinguished— Sky News Breaking (@Sky News Breaking) 1555400923.0
Huge sense of relief this morning as pictures emerge of #NotreDame still standing. There is no doubt that the damag… https://t.co/XFh3ZyXSGG— Carol Monaghan MP 🏴 (@Carol Monaghan MP 🏴) 1555397699.0
Here's what #NotreDame looks like this morning in Paris, following yesterday's devastating fire.… https://t.co/rL3aSN0bBS— ABC World News Now (@ABC World News Now) 1555397268.0
Everyone from political figures to celebrities to concerned citizens around the world sent their well wishes to Paris.
By chance, I have been in Paris for 3 days on a break. I walked along the river early this morning to see what rema… https://t.co/VfPTgV23vW— Daniel Bateman (@Daniel Bateman) 1555396374.0
#BREAKING Pope Francis is "praying for French Catholics and for the people of Paris in face of the terrible fire wh… https://t.co/uIOH3tM20q— AFP news agency (@AFP news agency) 1555398412.0
"Désolé mon fils, mais c'est pas tous les jours que Notre-Dame brûle", dit un père à son bébé qui s'impatiente, à d… https://t.co/nuP30xeIrp— Jean Birnbaum (@Jean Birnbaum) 1555349543.0
Shortly after the fire was extinguished, articles began emerging about what did and did not survive the tragedy.
Here's the layout of Notre Dame Cathedral. The exterior structure of the monument has been preserved, according to… https://t.co/fsQkTOKzaI— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post) 1555365462.0
What remains of the original cathedral will be incredibly important to Parisians, who gathered on the streets to watch the building burn, singing hymns to remember one of their city's most important places.
Effondrement. #NotreDame https://t.co/C9SQYcZwHk— Remy Buisine (@Remy Buisine) 1555350725.0
Just devastating to see the Notre Dame Cathedral burning. Absolutely devastating. The monument’s history, art, and… https://t.co/3vcDTjch9X— Dr. Kelli Ward (@Dr. Kelli Ward) 1555356458.0
Pictures began emerging of the blaze's aftermath shortly after firefighters took control.
This is what we see right now from the back. No longer seeing flames out the top but they are still on cranes sendi… https://t.co/5jvfEKx4zy— Hadas Gold (@Hadas Gold) 1555365190.0
Fires continued to burn in the structure's wooden roof for some time.
We're getting our first look inside #NotreDame after today's fire. Left: (Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP) Right: (AP… https://t.co/PXUKHIg3sk— ABC15 Arizona (@ABC15 Arizona) 1555368633.0
Smoke and flames are seen inside Notre-Dame Cathedral. More photos of the devastating fire: https://t.co/uqkOUh8YwM… https://t.co/2ae7o8ltki— Reuters Pictures (@Reuters Pictures) 1555371593.0
Fortunately, several priceless artifacts appear to have survived.
One of the first photos from the interior of #NotreDame from Reuters' Philippe Wojazer shows the altar's cross illu… https://t.co/j319PNEQHW— Jordan Fischer (@Jordan Fischer) 1555371184.0
Haunting image from EPA photographer Yoan Valat as firefighters enter Notre Dame while cathedral roof continues to… https://t.co/SrLRclRx2X— Sorcha Pollak (@Sorcha Pollak) 1555366636.0
Video shows firefighters inside Notre-Dame surveying the damage in Paris' fire-ravaged cathedral. https://t.co/PEFdWBOI1C— Channel 4 News (@Channel 4 News) 1555410787.0
Similarly, at least one of the two rose windows, which were installed during the 13th century, seems unharmed. However, structures in the upper portions of the building were not so fortunate, with the "foret" and transept vault both consumed by flame.
The transept vault is gone! It is an engineering wonder that the rest held in place. https://t.co/mQZ1SCUu45— Axel Reinaud (@Axel Reinaud) 1555402971.0
French President Emmanuel Macron issued a statement as the cathedral burned, saying France would rebuild anything that was destroyed.
'We will rebuild Notre-Dame... the worst has been avoided," French president, Emmanuel Macron, said a few minutes ago. @EmmanuelMacron— RFI English (@RFI English) 1555366243.0
French President Macron says he will launch an international fundraising campaign to rebuild Notre Dame cathedral.… https://t.co/1F1nISSjVw— CNNJanet (@CNNJanet) 1555366290.0
Macron says firefighters have been able to prevent the collapse of the facade and the two main towers of #NotreDame… https://t.co/8QEavLek1U— Kristen McTighe (@Kristen McTighe) 1555365484.0
In one small bit of good news, prosecutors also seem to think the fire was an accident (not the work of a malicious arsonist).
PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutors think huge fire at Notre Dame was started accidentally based on preliminary investigation.— Rob Gillies (@Rob Gillies) 1555363077.0
NOTRE DAME FIRE: The cause is not yet known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is "… https://t.co/esdBYFemff— Justin Finch (@Justin Finch) 1555356398.0
It will likely be years before Notre Dame is restored to its former glory.
This 360° video, filmed in 2015 by CNNVR, shows the inside of the Notre Dame cathedral. On Monday, the cathedral wa… https://t.co/abTHVc0oth— CNN (@CNN) 1555357764.0
At least we can be thankful much of the architectural masterpiece has survived to inspire future generations.