Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. – A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris mourns. The world mourns.

I can’t help but become overwhelm with emotion as I scroll through Instagram, Twitter and news feeds. While in Australia we’re seemingly disconnected from the horror that engulfed Paris and its magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral today, it was only last month that I had visited the epicentre of Catholicism, captivated by 856 years of history. And as the spire that towered over much of the city came crashing down in the blaze, it was as if it fell into the hearts of not only Parisians, but anyone that had appreciated its breathtaking beauty.

Said to have been sparked due to “involuntary” circumstances, while the blaze continues to burn, the main structure fortunately still stands. The French have gathered in droves across the city as the bells of churches across the city ring out in response, and with “Ave Maria” sung in harmony, the sights are unlike anything seen in history.

“This Notre-Dame cathedral, we will rebuild it. All together,” French President, Emmanuel Macron published in a tweet. “It is a part of our French destiny. I am committed to this: from tomorrow a national subscription will be launched and far beyond our borders.”