On Monday the world witnessed in horror as the historic, centuries-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was ravaged by flames.

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The fire, which spread rapidly, captured the attention of the entire world and made it the prominent event of the day.

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The moment the Catholic cathedral’s famous spire fell was a particularly tragic sight and was featured on the covers of newspapers around the world.

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The fires were blamed on a construction accident, as the cathedral was undergoing structural renovations. Temporary scaffolding can be seen surrounding the structure in footage and photos of the blaze.

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Fire crews fought throughout the night to put out the fires.

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The fire emitted an eerie glow as it burned into the night.

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A cross stood tall as firemen entered the church’s main cathedral.

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By Tuesday the fires were largely extinguished and the extent of the damage could be seen.

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