The spire atop the iconic Notre Dame cathedral collapsed amid a devastating fire at the Paris cathedral this evening, just days before Easter Sunday.
Notre Dame Cathedral, whose construction started in 1163, is the most visited monument in France, with an average of 30,000 people per day.
The church also houses numerous treasures belonging to figures including the French King Louis IX, or Saint Louis the architect Viollet-Le-Duc and Pope John-Paul II.
The most precious treasure, the Crown of Thorns, is housed in Notre Dame’sm one of three holy artifacts along with the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails from the crucifixion.
The 850 year old 12th century cathedral attracts over 13 million tourists yearly.
It’s one of Paris most popular attractions with its towers, spires and flying buttresses. It is justifiably famous for its magnificent facade, but the interior boasts unique carvings, statuary and stained-glass windows whose rose windows are some of the biggest in Europe.
The medieval Notre Dame Cathedral is considered a feat or architecture as well as a religious symbol.