Paris firefighters labored furiously to save lots of Notre Dame Cathedral, they usually principally succeeded, having managed to protect the enduring constructing’s towers and its well-known north rose window.
Misplaced in one of many hearth’s most dramatic moments, nonetheless, was its spire, which collapsed, engulfed in flames on Monday night time.
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Cellphone video captured from the scene reveals the towering inferno leaning and at last collapsing, leaving gigantic puffs of flame and smoke in its wake.
And so fell some of the iconic options of a cathedral whose development started over 850 years in the past, throughout the reign of Louis VII.
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Constructed at a time when Paris’ inhabitants — and significance — have been rising, development carried on all through the next century, with completion pegged within the 12 months 1260.
Restoration later passed off within the 17th and 18th centuries.
Architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc led restoration work beginning in 1844. He added the spire, together with sculptures of the apostles, in addition to gargoyles and chimeras, Nationwide Geographic reported.
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The restoration occurred after Victor Hugo printed The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which informed the story of Quasimodo, a hunchback and bell-ringer who took sanctuary within the cathedral.
Getty Photographs captured photos of the burning spire at each second earlier than it collapsed:
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