People watch Notre Dame Cathedral burning from the Seine river banks in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world.
Francois Mori, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — Many people gathered outside of the Notre Dame Cathedral Monday night to sing hymns in honor of the damaged historic site.
Videos appeared on social media of patrons standing outside the still-smoking cathedral and singing religious songs, according to CNN.
“As evening falls in Paris, crowds are still gathered near Notre Dame as the historic cathedral burns,” according to CNN. “A witness earlier in the day had described an eerie silence; now, the crowd has begun to sing hymns together, many on their knees.”
Specifically, those standing outside the church were singing Catholic hymns to bring people together as a sign of unity.
#NotreDameCathedral: ‘Below me there are lots of people gathered singing Ave Maria, singing catholic hymns, trying to bring some kind of unity’@markowenf24 reporting live from the scene pic.twitter.com/ebnPzUM0uV
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) April 15, 2019
OK, I finally lost it completely: Parisians singing hymns as Notre Dame burns. pic.twitter.com/wSeIdQc8qF
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) April 15, 2019
Parisians sing hymns as their glorious cathedral burns pic.twitter.com/9JoyWLqaLu
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) April 15, 2019
This gets you in the heart. It’s sadly ancient and beautiful.
Parisians singing as they watch the Notre Dame cathedral burn. What else can they do? pic.twitter.com/WoC2TgM9xZ
— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) April 15, 2019
One video showed a group singing “Ave Maria.”
Ave Maria pic.twitter.com/lb6Y5XV05a
— Ignacio Gil (@Inaki_Gil) April 15, 2019
In another video, the church bells of Paris rang for Notre Dame.
Les cloches des églises de Paris sonnent pour soutenir #Notre_Dame pic.twitter.com/gzx9Cnvv8i
— Baptiste Morin (@baptistemor1) April 15, 2019
According to The Associated Press, a fire erupted at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday afternoon, engulfing the roof and collapsing the spire. A French fire official said …read more
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