Eyewitnesses captured a picture of a gold cross gleaming through the smoldering ashes inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
People said it’s quite a sight to behold amongst the terrible tragedy caused by a devasting fire.
BBC reports, one of the world’s famed cathedrals was accidentally destroyed by a massive inferno on Monday evening local time.
There goes hundreds of years of history. Fire engulfed the Norte Dame Cathedral in Paris pic.twitter.com/UY3Y6fKJQ9
— 🔱DRIAN BAUTISTA 🔱 (@Drian_Bautista) April 16, 2019
Officials reported that the cause of the fire could be linked to the renovation project of the 850-year-old Gothic building.
Meanwhile, fire officials have not determined what sparked the blaze that severely damaged the spire and roof of France’s most famous landmark.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 16, 2019
On Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, thousands of people on the streets surrounded the cathedral as fire crews extinguished flames, among the ruins was a shining cross to inspire the country as churchgoers celebrate Holy Week.
Following the devastation, someone captured a photo of the cross still standing and brightly shining through the smoke and ashes from the fire and shared it on social media.
Off topic: I know not everyone is religious but to see this cross still shining inside Notre Dame Cathedral after the fire died down brought tears to my eyes. pic.twitter.com/P8YxvHw7Ra
— Billius27 (@Billius27) April 16, 2019
One person said on Twitter:
I know not everyone is religious but to see this cross still shining inside Notre Dame Cathedral after the fire died down brought tears to my eyes.
Another person wrote:
I’m not religious at all, but its a beautiful sight even as someone who doesn’t believe. I’m so happy that this site that is a wonder for someone like me, and a part of someone’s faith still shines on. Don’t have to be religious to see the beautiful imagery of this.
Smoldering ashes inside The Notre Dame Cathedral… the altar is still standing with the gold cross shining through. pic.twitter.com/kshapEie0l
— Shannon Murray (@ShannonMFox4) April 16, 2019
A Daily Mail reporter, who was among the first to witness the damages, said the Notre Dame Cathedral is not completely destroyed, but it was miraculous the cross and altar managed to survive the blaze.
Horrendous & heart-breaking.
Few greater or more beautiful cultural monuments in the world than Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Now engulfed in a raging inferno. Hope they can save it. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/k9YLFylsz9
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 15, 2019
People around Paris gathered near the cathedral on Monday to sing and pray.