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A view of a large stained-glass rose window at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris.

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One of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame’s immense stained glass windows.

One of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals caught fire Monday evening, destroying the roof and part of the iconic spire as firefighters worked to save the Paris landmark.

The travel community is responding with disbelief at the news that a fire broke out on the roof of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, in Paris, on Monday evening.


The New York Times and other news sources report that part of the cathedral’s iconic spire has collapsed. A spokesman for the cathedral told the Times that as of this evening no injuries were reported. The fire may have been caused by a construction project, but that has not been confirmed. More than 400 firefighters are working to stop the blaze and save the cathedral from further damage.


For travelers with memories of visiting the City of Light and its 850-year-old cathedral (which attracts more than 13 million annual visitors), the damage to the roof, spire, and church interior is, of course, especially heartbreaking. For up-to-the-minute reporting from the BBC, CNN, and other news organizations on the ground in Paris, we suggest following the hashtag #notredamefire on Twitter.

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