Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire
April 17, 2019
by Magnum Photographers
A major fire has engulfed one of the world's most famous landmarks - the medieval Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.
The building’s spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved. Officials say that the fire could be linked to the renovation work.
The Notre-Dame, a national symbol visited by almost 13 million visitors each year, has stood tall since the 1200s. The last time the cathedral suffered major damage was during the French Revolution, when statues of saints were hacked by anti-clerical hotheads. The building also survived the 1871 Commune uprising, as well as two world wars, largely unscathed.
Magnum photographers Patrick Zachmann, Thomas Dworzak, Richard Kalvar, and Bruno Barbey documented the fire and its surroundings.