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    In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday.

    A massive fire broke out at Notre Dame late on Monday evening, causing the collapse of the cathedral's spire and two-thirds of its roof. The conflagration was only fully extinguished on Tuesday morning.

    Commenting on the heart-breaking incident, French Culture Minister Franck Riester said that the cathedral will reopen in less than five years. Sputnik has compiled for you a gallery showing other famous sacred places all over the world that suffered from terrible blazes; some were never rebuilt.

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