FIRST PHOTOS FROM INSIDE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL SHOW ALTAR AND PARTS OF INTERIOR SURVIVED
by Kevin Ryan
“I can faithfully report that the Cathedral of Notre Dame is not entirely destroyed. Because I am standing inside it – alongside the French prime minister.” – Reporter Robert Hardman
“The altar and its cross are preserved. It’s not as bad as I feared.” – Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Reuters’ Philippe Wojazer took the first photos from inside Notre Dame cathedral following day’s fire. They show the central part of the historic Gothic cathedral still intact. The wooden chairs and vestibules in parts of the sanctuary remain relatively untouched. Rows of wooden pews and much of the nave appears to have been saved, according to the images.
The churches relics and treasures were saved, including the Crown of Thorns, the tunic of Saint Louis, and several major pieces of art.
A large hole can be seen in the cathedral’s roof, and the pictures show smoke rising from debris around the altar, likely from the part of the roof that collapsed.
But so far, early indications are that the historic building may have escaped the complete destruction many feared.
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