Pictures Reveal The Extent Of Damage Inside Notre Dame Cathedral
These are the first pictures that show the devastating damage from inside the Notre Dame cathedral after a blaze broke out last night.
Firefighters have now managed to 'save and preserve' the main structure but parts of the historic building in Paris, France, have been gutted.
According to the Independent, the exact cause of the fire is unknown at the moment but French media outlets have reported how the Parisian fire brigade said it is 'potentially linked' to a major renovation project on the church's spire.
Paris prosecutors's office ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives - it is now being treated as an accident.
Thankfully, all precious artefacts and artwork have been saved from the historic building, according to a Notre Dame cathedral priest.
According to the BBC, these items included what is claimed to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus before his crucifixion and also a tunic, which King Louis IX is said to have worn when he delivered the crown of thorns to Paris.
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In a tweet, French journalist Nicolas Delesalle cited Père Frédéric, writing: "Good news: all the works of art were saved. The treasure of the Cathedral is intact, the Crown of thorns, the Holy sacraments."
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the 850-year-old landmark saying that the 'worst has been avoided'.
He added: "We'll rebuild this cathedral all together and it's undoubtedly part of the French destiny and the project we'll have for the coming years.
"That's what the French expect [and] because it's what our history deserves."
A police drone image has revealed the true extent of the devastating blaze that has shocked many around the world.
The fire started at around 18:30 (16:30 GMT) with the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, describing the fire as 'terrible' and urging people to stay away from the blaze.
She said: "A terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The @PompiersParis are trying to control the flames. We are mobilised on the spot in close connection with the @dioceseParis. I ask everyone to respect the security perimeter."
The construction of Notre Dame - which means 'Our Lady' - began in 1160 and was mostly completed a hundred years later in 1260. It has been modified on numerous occasions throughout the centuries since.
Featured Image Credit: PA