Firefighters begin assessing the damage inside Notre Dame on late Monday and early Tuesday. | Omar Havana/Getty Images News
Firefighters begin assessing the damage inside Notre Dame on late Monday and early Tuesday. | Omar Havana/Getty Images News
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New Photos Provide a Glimpse of the Damage Inside Notre Dame

Notre Dame, the treasured cathedral that has stood in Paris for more than eight centuries, is still standing. After hundreds of firefighters waged a nail-biting, hours-long battle against the flames watched around the world, French officials said...

Notre Dame, the treasured cathedral that has watched over Paris for more than eight centuries, is still standing. After hundreds of firefighters waged a nail-biting, hours-long battle against the flames watched around the world, French officials said the devastating fire was finally extinguished on Tuesday morning. Now, experts are beginning to asses the damage, and while it's too early to know the full extent of what was lost, new photos provide a glimpse of what perished -- and miraculously endured -- inside the architectural marvel. 

The structure, which was completed in 1345, is home to troves of priceless artwork, religious relics, and other historic artifacts in addition to its globally revered Gothic architecture. As CNN reports, the Rose windows -- the cathedral's beloved trio of gorgeous stained-glass windows, have survived the blaze, along with its twin bell towers, great organ, and even Crown of Thorns that is believed to have been placed on the head of Jesus. 

As donations and generous pledges to help rebuild Notre Dame pour in from around the world, photos and reports from the scene are trickling out, revealing what it looks like inside the historic cathedral after the fire decimated its roof and brought down its iconic spire. Here are some of the early images from the ground:

A view from the entrance of Notre Dame late on Monday, April 15. | PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from a pile of rubble that fell in front of the altar, which appears to be intact. | PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images
Flames and smoke appear along gaping holes in the stone ceiling of Notre Dame cathedral. | PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images
Embers fall from the ceiling of the cathedral into the interior. | PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images
Some of the religious artifacts and treasures saved from the fire. | Chesnot/Getty Images
Historical treasures saved from the fire were taken to a room at Paris City Hall. | Chesnot/Getty Images
A look through the front door at the rubble -- and surviving statues -- inside of Notre Dame. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Charred rubble and debris stands before the altar. | CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images
In the light from gashes in the ceiling, many pews appear intact amid water on the floor after the fire. | CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images
A massive hole in the ceiling exposes Notre Dame's interior to the elements. | CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images
Some of the cathedral's windows did not survive the fire. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Firefighters and structural experts are assessing damage to Notre Dame. | Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to repair and rebuild Notre Dame, saying "This cathedral will be rebuilt by us all together." 

Experts said it will take years -- if not decades -- to fully restore the cathedral to its former glory (pictured below), according to a report by The Guardian. Financial support is arriving from wealthy donors and corporations around the world. But for now, officials are tasked with assessing Notre Dame's wounds and surveying its structural integrity, while the people of Paris continue to mourn the damage to their beloved landmark

An interior view of Notre Dame cathedral from 2015. | Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images

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