Parisians seen in moving video in honor of the still burning remains of Notre Dame Cathedral singing & # 39; Ave Maria & # 39; while kneeling on the street
- Images of Parisians kneeling and singing the hymn & # 39; Ave Maria & # 39; as the iconic Notre Dame cathedral stays lit at dusk, went on viral Monday
- By the early Tuesday morning, the video had been viewed more than eight million times
- The eruption that started early in the evening took down the spire and collapsed the roof of the landmark, but firefighters said the structure of the cathedral had been saved
- French President Emmanuel Macron promised that Notre Dame would be rebuilt
Images of Parisians singing softly and kneeling outside the burning Notre Dame cathedral in tribute across the internet on Monday.
Ignacio Gil's Twitter post from the Spanish outlet El Mundo shows a moment in the early evening hours as crowds of spectators see the classic hymn & # 39; Ave Maria & # 39; to sing.
As the camera moves over the crowd, it points to the cathedral that is still burning from the flames while the crowd continues to sing.
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Parisians in a video on Twitter can be kneeled while they & # 39; Ave Maria & # 39; sing in the evening hours while Notre Dame was on fire
By the early Tuesday morning the video had been viewed almost nine million times.
Other corners of the improvised choir in honor of the flooded historic monument have also been posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Many sang quietly, including Stephane Seigneurie, 52, who said he lived in Paris for 25 years.
& # 39; I come often and even enter where there is no mass because it is an extraordinary place, woven into the history of France & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; Politically, intellectually and spiritually, it is a symbol of France. & # 39;
The iconic landmark in the heart of Paris was still glowing with flames when night fell and spectators sang softly in mourning and tribute
A fireman uses a hose while the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris burns, Monday, April 15. A catastrophic fire engulfed the headwaters of the towering Notre Dame cathedral in Paris during the renovation work
A spokesperson for the cathedral said the fire was first reported at 5.50 p.m. (GMT) and the building was evacuated shortly thereafter.
Police said no deaths were reported, but the authorities later confirmed that a fireman & # 39; seriously injured & # 39; was hit in an attempt to save Notre Dame.
French President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild Notre Dame with the help of the international community, a few hours after the roof of the 850-year-old building collapsed.
Macron told the assembled press of the world that a national fundraising campaign to restore the historic building would start immediately.
He called the & # 39; courage & # 39; and & # 39; great professionalism & # 39; of firefighters with saving the Notre Dame facade and two monumental towers against destruction.
Late on Monday evening, fire commanders confirmed that the structure of the cathedral has been saved.
An official in the French Ministry of the Interior said earlier in the evening that the prospect of preserving the building & # 39; not sure & # 39; was after the steeple and part of the roof collapsed.
Only on Tuesday morning was the fire & # 39; under control and partially extinguished & # 39; explained.