See Notre Dame in 16 vintage photos from our archive
Following the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, see century-old photos from our collection showing the church as a timeless icon.
Published April 15, 2019
On Monday, as the final trickle of tourists left the Notre Dame Cathedral, smoke was seen coming from its famous spire. Within minutes, flames were wrapped around the medieval structure which sits in the center of Paris.
The spire has collapsed, and much of the wooden interior is said to be destroyed, but it's unclear how much damage the fire has caused. A few days earlier, 16 of the copper structures surrounding the base of Notre Dame were removed as part of a multi-million dollar restoration project. The building, which attracts nearly 13 million visitors per year, has undergone renovations throughout its millennium-old history.
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