This Video of Parisians Singing "Ave Maria" Near Notre Dame Is Gut-Wrenching

"I can feel their pain but hear their love."

On Monday evening, a devastating fire broke out at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, causing irreversible structural damage to the iconic landmark.

The fire broke out at 7 p.m. local time, just minutes after the popular tourist attraction closed to the public. Luckily, no one was hurt. But all over the world, people watched in horror as thick smoke billowed from the building and its interior glowed red from the flames.

Perhaps that's why a video of Parisians singing "Ave Maria" in unison while watching the church fall is striking such a chord with people. The video was first shared on Twitter by French correspondent Ignacio Gil, and has amassed more than 48,000 retweets in just three hours.

It brought many to tears.

And hearts broke worldwide.

"I can feel their pain but hear their love," one person responded on Twitter.

Speaking from the scene, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that "we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders."

Notre Dame was looted and left to rot during the French Revolution, and it managed to return to its former glory and survive two world wars. So, as tragic as the circumstances may be, Notre Dame is a symbol of faith and perseverance that's seen destruction before.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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