Debris from the roof lies near the altar inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, April 16.
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In pictures: Fire devastates Notre Dame Cathedral

Updated 1731 GMT (0131 HKT) April 16, 2019

Debris from the roof lies near the altar inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, April 16.
Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A catastrophic fire engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, just days before Easter.

The fire spread rapidly and took over large parts of the cathedral as disbelieving onlookers scrambled to get a view of the unfolding disaster.

Notre Dame was completed in the 13th century and is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.