One of world's most beloved symbols and France's priceless monument, the Notre Dame Cathedral has been ravaged by a massive fire today.
Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
According to reports, a massive fire engulfed the monument, toppling the structure's delicate spire. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Police say there have been no casualties. Around 400 firefighters have been dispatched to the area to help douse the devastating fire.
Un dispositif exceptionnel est mis en place pour éteindre l'incendie #NotreDame #Paris : 400 pompiers sont mobilisés. Évitez le secteur et suivez les consignes de @prefpolice. #HérosduQuotidien pic.twitter.com/hfKG8yFSvW— Ministère de l'Intérieur (@Place_Beauvau) April 15, 2019
The cathedral, whose name means Our Lady, is the seat of the archbishop of Paris.
People from France and the world are outpouring their grief over social media over the loss of one of the most beloved monuments in history.
Built in 1163. Took 200 years to complete.— Sara (@SaraVanderwegen) April 15, 2019
It survived revolutions, plagues and world wars.
And now, the evening of April 15th 2019, the Notre Dame in Paris burns.
All history gone.
The world stands helpless as history disappears before our eyes. 💔
Im so sorry #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/aHYu5fOJqo
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
Many Parisians came out and sang hymns in front of the burning Cathedral to pay their homage.
The 850-year-old gothic building is one of the world's most historic and famous landmarks and is visited by millions of tourists every year. A part of history gone forever.