Centuries of history came to the ground in ruins as a huge fire ripped through the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday; however, the Cross remained.
Paris authorities have ruled out arson, and possible terrorism-motives, and instead believe that the fire was started by accident.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was thinking of his French counterpart.
“Heartbreaking for the millions who love this great cathedral and great city across the world. Wishing you all the best in tackling the blaze and its consequences,” he wrote on Twitter.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “so sad tonight to see this part of all of us burn” and declared a national emergency. Speaking from the scene in Paris, he expressed sympathy with Catholics “around the world” following the “terrible tragedy” but added the worst had been avoided.
The fire damaged much of the roof and spire; however, the majority of artwork and history was saved by the response crews efforts to combat the flames.
Regardless of the destruction, the cross remains.