Firefighters extinguished a massive blaze nearly 15 hours after flames ripped through the historic 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France on Monday. Priceless art and religious artifacts were saved by heroic firefighters and priests.

An official said the majority of the fire damage was limited to the wooden structure supporting the roof. Most of the cathedral survived the blaze. That was good news to thousands of Parisians who prayed, cried together, and sang hymns throughout the night as firefighters fought the blaze.

Priceless religious artifacts were saved from the fire, including the iconic Crown of Thorns, a circle of thorn fragments believed to be placed on Jesus' head during the crucifixion nearly 2,000 years ago.

Father Jean-Marc Fournier is credited with saving priceless holy relics from being destroyed. The chaplain and others were seen rushing into the burning church to recover art and relics . Priests formed a human chain to carry the items out of the church and into a nearby hotel.

The alter cross remained intact in the interior of the smoldering cathedral after the fire was extinguished. This picture shows the damage in the aftermath of a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris.

The cathedral's 200-year-old spire was in the process of being restored when fire broke out about 6 minutes after the cathedral was closed to the public on Monday.

The Notre Dame Cathedral watched over Paris for 850 years and withstood two wars. Now the rebuilding begins.

Photos by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, Philippe Wang/Getty Images, Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images, Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

  • n1kk1a

    Yay! That makes me smile! What a way to start the day with good news!

  • KcoolMuziq

    I went to majority Catholic private schools. So this place holds a special place in my heart. PSALM:23

  • Topic Influencer

    This had me totally in my sads last night. I was like Jesus it has burned before I could check it off my bucket list to see. Those Middle Ages construction workers did their thing building it. Shouts out to them.

  • WinterIsComing

    Yup, don’t care about this building burning up. It was beautiful. When is France going to do right by Haiti? France spent centuries pilaging, raping and exploiting other countries. And I’m supposed to give a fawk about a building?

  • Yoni7

    Did anybody know that a mosque burned up at the same time as this? Who said the part that burned up had the pedo files in it? LOL I guess I'll sit at the lil café on the corner and view the remnants of this structure from afar.

  • Yoni7

    artifacts were saved from the fire, including the iconic Crown of Thorns, a circle of thorn fragments believed to be placed on Jesus' head
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    I always thought the crown of thorns were literally sticks and thorns. The pic up top looks like it's made from "metals". So, is this the SAME "crown" that was placed on his head OR a replica of the crown that was placed on his head? Asking for a heathen.

  • Coy little wink

    Visiting Paris and Notre Dame is on my bucket list

  • Dowoop

    Lmfao.... I can't stand you.

  • Yoni7

    I mean, my eyesight isn't the best AND I don't have on my glasses but.....something don't look right. https://media3.giphy.com/media/vpSeDhPfg4XfO/giphy.gif

  • MJF

    LOL done with you for the day haha. You are too funny!

  • Yoni7

    And where they gone hold Easter Sunday sunrise service at? What about the Easter play? Yall better help Pear-ee'nem out for Sunday service. https://media1.giphy.com/media/26BROphnX3qmShIWI/giphy.gif

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Not trying to bring up Nipsey but when he died, I felt something like this was going to happen...kinda like how shortly after Aaliyah died the twin towers fell...

  • Dowoop

    You are on a roll tuhday!

  • Junkanoo

    Cyclone Idai that stuck Mozambique ,Zimbabwa and Malawi back in March this year killed over a thousand people leaving over a thousand injured but has not been given much international attention. This isn't a bigger tragedey to my mind but will be in the news for weeks its messed up how a building and things matter more than human lives to the media.

  • WinterIsComing

    That was my thinking. Who did the testing to verify the authenticity of the age? Even so how would you know it’s the actual crown Yeshua wore? The Romans crucified thousands of folks. Can’t leave sh!t to the vatican they peddle in lies to keep the treasury full.

  • EasyBreezy

    LOL! They can ALWAYS visit the Greater New Vision & Hope Faith Sanctuary Church of God In Christ her in Atlanta.

  • Yoni7

    Again, that pic up top look like it was made by Jacob The Jeweler, is all I'm sayin'. Sittin' up like https://media2.giphy.com/media/nbORmMzQxYnmvZyNIP/giphy.gif

  • WinterIsComing

    Crazy right. Smh

  • WinterIsComing

    ?????

  • http://yourpushfactor.com/ Sheila Makena

    As unfortunate as this incident was, someone here said this is a symbol of centuries old institutions/systems finally breaking down and they couldn't have been more correct. We must brace ourselves for massive, massive paradigm shifts in the next decade.

  • WinterIsComing

    Bring on the logic and free thinking!

  • ATL White Guy

    Glad I had the chance to visit it before the fire. Even if someone is not a Christian believer, it was worth seeing due to it's overall impressiveness. Amazing what they were able to build 800 years ago without the construction equipment we have today. And it took like 125 years or so to build. Who has that patience now? For a lot of us a 10 year old house is falling apart and ready to be moved out of.

  • Yoni7

    With a name THAT long, somebody stealing. I see three different church LLC's in that ONE church title name. https://media0.giphy.com/media/S7xFS8D6gVNkI/giphy.gif

  • http://yourpushfactor.com/ Sheila Makena

    It would have been newsworthy if it was the Great Mosque of Mecca that was burning.

  • EasyBreezy

    ROTFLMAO!

  • http://yourpushfactor.com/ Sheila Makena

    A-M-E-N!

  • Topic Influencer

    Read a whole lot of mean ass comments in various places about how blacks shouldnt give a fukk about this since the black churches in LA burned. Umm I personally come from black bayou Catholics so I am confused on why I cant sympathaize with both. To each. Bye. I cant with religion on today.

  • Kanyade
  • Yoni7

    Spread your love, care and concern deep and wide! That's what the world needs!

  • Bam Bam Li

    Aaliyah...to this day ??

  • Topic Influencer

    People act as if folks cant or are unable to care about both. Its all good. I kinda dgaf. Tired. Going to CFA with the 14 yo here in a few. Soon as they open for lunch.

  • Yoni7

    *looks at WORK clock - then side eye's this comment* Work? School? WFH? Niece playin' hookie? Spring break? LMAOOOOOOO

  • Yoni7
  • hottlanta

    If nipsey was alive it will still happen and u personally felt it but didnt warn anybody about it. ?

  • Topic Influencer

    Spring break and yep. Its Tuesday!!! WFH. I need her manpower so I gotta bribe lol

  • Navybeans95

    Deep sigh...smh..ughh.
    .not buying the restored Jesus crown thing...any priests caught up in the blaze?....just asking for a friend...

  • hottlanta

    Old national discount mall.

  • Kanyade
  • Cliffsucks

    So should blacks always have a chip on their shoulder? No! Just feel the way you feel. A lot of these people bringing up such negative things were not even born then. So sad that people can't even mourn without bs

  • Alextra Ballard

    This is very unfortunately that this fire occursed just b4 Good Friday and Easter. Very religious holiday for Catholics

  • TriniHarlem
  • Yoni7

    We need to know before Mutha'nem break out the good Easter shoes. LOL https://media1.giphy.com/media/53heQIVI8Q61a/giphy.gif

  • MsSapphire9800
  • Kanyade
  • Yoni7

    Don't put niece to work on her day(s) off. LOL

  • Yoni7

    LOL

  • Yoni7

    Very religious holiday for Catholics
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    .....and Baptists, Protestants, Apostolics, COGIC, New Day's, Global ministries, New Births, 2nd Chances, retailers, and I know a Jordan shoe somewhere itching to be released. https://media0.giphy.com/media/Borpd026Pb7yg/giphy.gif

  • fawkery

    TMH is at work....I've visited the Notre Dame and felt very uneasy there. Lots of idol worship, dead cardinals buried in the church (like next to pews), area for "confessional" in the church when we should pray to Jesus and not man. While the church is beautiful, it has way too many rituals attached to it making it a false religion that the Bible warns us about. But I feel what you're saying sis, for the last shall be first and the first last....

  • fawkery

    It's a replica allegedly....that's all I got, not my cup of tea to be memorializing something like that.....

  • fawkery

    Mosque in Jerusalem!!!!! I heard about it burning as the same time as Notre Dame and I just sat back and sipped my coffee. LORD have mercy, TMH is telling us something

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lookin @chew!!!! ....Chiiile I read alot of your post....yew basickally keeps it real. So when have yew gotta tew the point tew care about what peepo say or what they think? Mean wutchu say,say wutchu mean and fvck the rest. Enjoi ya day!

  • Yoni7

    But the write-up said.......nevermind.

  • WinterIsComing

    ????

  • Blue

    Hahahaha

  • kboogie

    I'm not buying that either... The Jesus crown. ...I've seen the same thing at Hobby Lobby.... ?

  • dblogged

    Wish it burned down to the ground. Those thieves deserved that.

  • Yoni7

    you can see the wood & thorns in a glass part on the bottom
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    Again, my eyes ain't the best but......those could be the same "wood & thorns", I pick up out of my backyard after a bad storm so Grand-Sun can shoot hoops in his basketball hoop. But thanks for the observation. https://media2.giphy.com/media/VmJivwL50fbhe/giphy.gif

  • Navybeans95

    They Must really think all people are stupid out here...I'm not goin for a second

  • Dowoop

    Lmfao... Get off the damn internet.

  • Yoni7

    *leaving.......for a second* LOL

  • Love Luv

    I know if I had that crown at my crucifix that would be the last thing my soul would want to see. IJS. What kids walk around with belts and house shoes ? . My heart for Christ stays flowing in my blood no artifacts needed. It seems to be many nice things however that needed to be rescued.

  • Love Luv

    Oh and PS this cathedral is linked to the immense inferno of 1666. Google it. Stay vigilant and questioning ?

  • Kayke

    “Middle Ages construction workers”
    LMAO... you mean SLAVES.

  • TheOwley

    I honestly thought the entire thing came down. Hundreds of Catholic and other Christian churches have been burned in France, the rest of Europe, Africa, the US. This is no accident, I call it the dechristianization of Europe and Africa. In the US the churches have been predominantly black owned. This is the deliberate work of satan and his followers. It was done on Easter to make sure you don't shrug it off like the others.

  • chaisun

    They also need to do right by Cameroon and every other “francophone” country in Africa.

  • WinterIsComing

    Agreed!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile do you know how many rapes took place at this church???? ..... chile !!!! https://media1.giphy.com/media/tPdYQaW6oCIOA/giphy.gif

  • TheOwley

    Rapes take place in homes, parks, schools, at the beach, you name it. Perhaps it's time for the Most High to take a torch to the whole planet.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    the most high has ..... this place burning ..... your a little late .... this started 4 years ago ...... every foundation will crumble ,...... metaphorically and figuratively .... and is .... stay tuned

  • Just Me

    The people are the foundation of the church and as long as there are believers, buildings may crumble but those of the faith never will.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    folks go to church to heal right ???? Do you really think anyone in a closed in building full of sick folks will heal ..... faith is within the self not a church ... not a building ..... if that many folks walk in there for healing ..... then you know that shyt is contagious ..... church period will fall ..... but faith will not!!!!!!! Periodt those that remain in the church will continue to get sick ... think about it ..... that's like walking into a infected hospital ..... and make no mistake ..... there is no protection there either .... hence the mess that goes on ..... Angels don't go near filth ..... js !! That place ain't clean ... better off worshiping in the park ..... js .... cause the secrets in the church chile .... whew

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Gurrrl...these people celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ with Easter bunnies and egg hunts baffle me.
    If you're going to celebrate, why not keep it about Jesus?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Many rituals and traditions have taken over Spirituality. People do things with no idea why or how it got started.

  • Yoni7

    better off worshiping in the park
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    Like Kanye'nem be doin'? LMAO https://media2.giphy.com/media/4T1B2LN8T9ylgG49TQ/giphy-downsized-medium.gif

  • Yoni7

    Same way with Christmas.....but, again, I have no dog in THIS fight.... https://media2.giphy.com/media/jUwpNzg9IcyrK/giphy.gif

  • ClaireHuxtable

    WHY would you do that? You know I love shoes!
    P.S. Those are soo ugly.

  • Yoni7

    "Can't pay the preacher for your redemption." ~Raheem DeVaughn

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Do. You will enjoy.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Where's my switch??! You need a spanking today!!

  • Yoni7

    How DARE you talk about Mother's GOODT Easter shoes like that!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Say it ... but apparently they running with the pay me slogan ..... smh !!! rofl lolol Mess

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Mother prolly got a ugly hat to match.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Bawhahahahahahahh chile log out ..... whew chile ..... I need my emotes (screaming ) chile rofl bawahahahahahhah chile Look at dat fool !!!!!!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yes! Call it out.
    I can see why Unbelievers would be confused and/or disappointed.

  • Bashi22

    Sandra how come you never post the flood in Africa Mozambique ??, Malawi ?? and some parts of South Africa ??

  • Yoni7

    I ain'eeindonuffin'.

  • Bashi22

    Rape look how much atrocious the church causes AFRICAN in the name of Christ. They profit big off slavery

  • Yoni7

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO he be jammin'!! LMAOOOOO

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Big time...... Big time!!!!

  • http://www.findyournichewithme.com Low E. 30BELOW

    THIS

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Bc i’m always called crazy or something lolol

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    The Muslims burning the ones in Europe

  • ClaireHuxtable

    It would be nice to see some African news from time to time. There are lots of things going on around the world that need coverage.

  • dontgetblocked

    Thank you Jesus. Those items are precious and priceless.

  • dontgetblocked

    Thank you Jesus. Those items are precious and priceless.

  • dontgetblocked

    I agree. Both are tragedies.

  • dontgetblocked

    I agree. Both are tragedies.

  • Bashi22

    Salem Hayek husband owner of the most luxury brand ( Gucci). Donating millions to the church rebuilding fund. Thanks to black people for wearing Gucci

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I read over $550 million has been donated so far to rebuild that church. Wow! ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is a U.S.-based blog, hun.

  • Bashi22

    Understand so Old Notew Dame Cathedral is in France ?? and you of African descendants. Africa

  • Bashi22

    Thanks to my black people how come the USA churches that burn down recently not getting big donations from their luxury buying brand black peoples

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They weren't in the news.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Notre Dame is an iconic piece of world history. Come on. A little flooding doesn't compare to the burning of a 850 year old church. I shed a tear yesterday.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Insurance claim

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    SHE SAID NO!

  • Bashi22

    Lol ?

  • Bashi22

    Really but I’m not from the ?? and saw it

  • Junkanoo

    France isnt in the U.S do you need map

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You can't compare flooding to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

  • Junkanoo

    A thousand people dead is insignificant l dont think so objects can be replaced people cant

  • Faux Gibbler

    Supposedly Jesus Christ himself was at this church. Plus different country? Just a guess. P.S. I don’t like Gucci.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Do you believe Jesus Christ himself was there?

  • Faux Gibbler

    I thought it was the idiot contractor?

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