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Emotional Video Shows Parisians Singing ‘Ave Maria' In Front Of The Historic Notre Dame Cathedral 

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People watch as smoke and flames rise from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019 in Paris, France. A fire broke out on Monday afternoon and quickly spread across the building, collapsing the spire. The cause is yet unknown but officials said

A video of Parisians singing outside of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in tribute spread throughout the Internet on Monday. The post by journalist Ignacio Gil of the Spanish outlet "El Mundo" showed the touching moment when crowds sang the classical "Ave Maria," as the cathedral was burning.

The clip has been viewed more than 14 million times, with more than 125,000 retweets.

Many people also shared photographs of the iconic structure on social media, while others in Paris got out to watch in fearful silence from across the River Seine.

The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions, immortalized by Victor Hugo's 1831 novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."