Paris was still reeling Tuesday over the devastating Notre Dame cathedral fire — as new photos gave a heartbreaking glimpse at the damage left behind.
Sunlight that shone into the 850-year-old church revealed mounds of blackened rubble filling the cavernous interior and nearly all of the roof chewed away by the massive blaze.
And in an eerie, yet serene, display, candles that were lit by visitors before the fire broke out were still lit on Tuesday, according to a photo obtained by CNN.
The blaze, which erupted on the church’s scaffold-covered roof early Monday evening, burned for more than 12 hours before it was extinguished.
The flames — which destroyed the roof but spared the iconic twin bell towers and the three stained-glass rose windows — were fully out by mid-Tuesday morning.
Miraculously, Notre Dame’s structure is still “sound,” government officials said at a press conference, the Guardian reported.
“The task is — now the risk of fire has been put aside — about the building, how the structure will resist,” said Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez in front of the cathedral.
Architects on scene identified “three main holes” in the structure — the spire, which toppled, the transept and the vault north of the transept.
“We have identified some vulnerabilities in the structure … notably in the vault and the north transept pinion that needs securing,” Nunez said.
Officials said more than 500 firefighters risked their lives to battle the blaze.
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French television shows interior of Notre-Dame after spire collapse
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