As light streamed through the charred roof; a miracle. Notre Dame’s famous three medieval stained-glass windows glowed eerily but remained completely intact. Dating back to the 13th century, the ‘Rose Windows’ had not melted as feared. Fortunately, many of the ancient religious art and artifacts had been moved prior to the restoration and were spared.
For the first time, firefighters allowed some photographers into the structure to show the devastation, which sadly echoed the photos after the bombing during the World Wars.
But with typical French resilence, two of France’s richest men have pledged over 300 million euros and President Macron has vowed to rebuild the iconic landmark.
Authorities believe the fire was caused by a spark from the restoration project and was not an act of terrorism.