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.
Notre Dame cathedral spire collapses in devastating video pic.twitter.com/AQLcKL4zWR
— The Independent (@Independent) April 15, 2019
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.
The sight of Paris's legendary cathedral of Notre Dame burning is tragic. The first block was laid in 1163 and completed in 1345. I feel very privileged to have glimpsed it two years ago. I hope they are able to restore it. #notredamefire https://t.co/tumXBCT9k3 pic.twitter.com/0iFSZYcWbD
— Leighton Smith (@LeightonESmith) April 15, 2019
Thousands of Parisians took to the streets to witness the tragic destruction of the cathedral, which has been regarded as a symbol of Paris since it first opened in 1345. But for those who are Christian, the timing of the catastrophe seemed especially significant, as it occurred less than a week before Easter Sunday.
— Louis Hausalter (@LouisHausalter) April 15, 2019
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.
Ave Maria pic.twitter.com/lb6Y5XV05a
— Ignacio Gil (@Inaki_Gil) April 15, 2019
It brought many to tears.
This video made me cry. So beautiful.
— GemaAppleheadJ (@GemaAppleheadJ) April 15, 2019
I burst into tears Loves from turkey..
— ı (@YALDIZOSMAN) April 15, 2019
And hearts broke worldwide.
Ugh this breaks my heart
— Abby Stubenbort (@abbystubenbort) April 15, 2019
"I can feel their pain but hear their love," one person responded on Twitter.
This is giving me chills. I can feel their pain but hear their love
— #SpnDallas (@Magalicious8207) April 15, 2019
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."
— Fili Camrix (@FCamrix) April 15, 2019
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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