News rocked the world yesterday when reports of one of Europe’s most famous landmarks, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, got its roof burned. With 14 million visitors per year, the Notre Dame is a beloved symbol for locals and tourists alike, having had many incarnations in popular culture over the years, the most recognised one being Disney’s version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Though the cause of the fire is unclear (French officials suspect arson or terrorism), the two bell towers were unharmed, including the artworks, relics, and sacred objects they housed.
Plans to rebuild the roof and collapsed spire of the 800-year old church are already underway with investments coming in from multiple donors. As the rest of the world waits for the Notre Dame to be restored, an outpouring of grief and sympathy at the loss suffered by the historical monument flooded social media, with many artists posting their tributes. Here are some of the most moving images on Instagram.