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Tourists, Easter worshippers lament closure of Notre Dame

Updated : 2019-04-20 16:10:45

Tourists, devout Catholics and others are looking on mournfully at Notre Dame Cathedral, regretting that they can't get inside the magnificent monument on this Easter weekend because of the damage caused by a violent fire.

This 1987 file photo shows the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
This 1987 file photo shows the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
An inferno that raged through the historic site 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
An inferno that raged through the historic site 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. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
People pray as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
People pray as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Two people walk by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Yellow vest protests are scheduled to take place in Paris and other regions of France over the weekend, with a heightened security presence anticipated. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Two people walk by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Yellow vest protests are scheduled to take place in Paris and other regions of France over the weekend, with a heightened security presence anticipated. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Two people jog under a bridge by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Two people jog under a bridge by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A woman stands on steps near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A woman stands on steps near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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