Devastating photographs taken of the inside of the Notre Dame cathedral have shown the devastation left by the fire that raved the landmark over night.
The world famous cathedral went up in flames as Parisians watched on in horror.
Dozens of people joined together in song to make a heartbreaking tribute in front of the Notre Dame cathedral.
In the gut wrenching footage, Parisians gathered together to sing Ave Maria and share in their grief as they watch the cathedral burn.
The iconic building – which has proudly stood over the city for more than 850 years – caught fire yesterday evening has so far suffered untold damage.
Parisians wept last night as the inferno tore apart the iconic structure – with the spire collapsing into the abyss of the flames.
The world has reacted in mourning as the cathedral which has survived two World Wars appears to have been destroyed in an accident linked to ongoing renovations.
Despite fire racing through Notre Dame’s roof, firefighters were able to prevent the blaze consuming the cathedral’s main structure, including its two bell towers.
There were hopes that the three famous rose windows, which date back to the 13th century, avoided catastrophic damage, while the bells that have rung out at key moments in France’s history were thought to be safe.
French president Emmanuel Macron launched fundraising efforts to save and rebuild the iconic structure as he visited Notre Dame.
“Notre Dame is our history, our imagination, where we’ve lived all our great moments, and is the epicentre of our lives,” Mr Macron said.
“It’s the story of our books, our paintings. It’s the cathedral for all French people, even if they have never been.
“But it is burning and I know this sadness will be felt by all of our citizens.”
The blaze, which broke out as the last crowds of tourists ended visits at around 7pm local time, was finally declared to be “completely under control” nearly nine hours later.
And this morning firefighters in the French capital announced that the fire was fully extinguished.
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