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CrowdsCrowds ofof stunnedstunned ParisiansParisians andand touriststourists -- somesome crying,crying, othersothers offeringoffering prayersprayers -- watchedwatched inin horrorhorror inin centralcentral Paris onon MondayMonday nightnight asas firefightersfirefighters struggledstruggled forfor hourshours toto extinguishextinguish thethe flamesflames engulfingengulfing thethe Notre-Dame Cathedral.Cathedral.

FlamesFlames ravagingravaging thethe roofroof illuminatedilluminated thethe outlineoutline ofof thethe monument'smonument's twotwo squaresquare towerstowers inin aa fieryfiery glow,glow, andand werewere reflectedreflected inin thethe waterswaters ofof thethe Seine.

AlongAlong thethe Pont au ChangeChange bridge,bridge, whichwhich connectsconnects thethe Ile dede lala CiteCite withwith thethe RightRight Bank,Bank, thethe atmosphereatmosphere waswas oneone ofof aa vigilvigil asas hundredshundreds ofof peoplepeople watchedwatched inin hushedhushed silencesilence asas smokesmoke roserose intointo thethe nightnight sky.sky.

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