Yesterday, at roughly 5:50 pm, flames engulfed one of Europe’s most iconic monuments, Notre Dame Cathedral.
The fire caused the building to lose its towering spire and most of its roof, wiping out centuries of priceless heritage central to French culture and history.
As firefighters attempted to control the fire through the evening, groups of Parisians came together to pay tribute to their beloved building in song.
Twitter user Ignacio Gil captured footage of the group singing ‘Hail Mary’ as the cathedral glowed a fiery red in the foreground.
The video of bystanders singing has already been watched over 10 millions times on the social media platform, with many users referring to the scene in Paris as “moving” and a powerful moment of bringing people together.
“I burst into tears. Loves from turkey,” one user commented.
Todavía queda sensus fidei en el pueblo francés que sabe que es lo mejor que está en sus manos para ayudar
“Silencio. Lágrimas. Pero, sobre todo, emoción contenida. Y una ‘Ave María’ cantada por jóvenes, rodilla en tierra”.
video de @Inaki_Gil, corresponsal de El Mundo en París. pic.twitter.com/Prs202b5hS
— Anotaciones (@AnotacionesRenL) April 15, 2019
Another added: Such a beautiful building. The singing is so touching though, it’s amazing how a heartbreaking event can bring people together
Police said no deaths have been reported, but authorities later confirmed that one fireman had been ‘seriously injured’ in the attempt to save Notre Dame.