Lifestyle Travel First Photos Inside Notre Dame Show Cross Shining Through the Smoke After Fire Ravages Cathedral After fires burned through the Paris landmark, photos showed a cross still standing among the ashes in the cathedral By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 16, 2019 12:16 AM Share Tweet Pin Email As firefighters tirelessly worked to put out the last of the devastating Notre Dame Cathedral fire, there was a small glimmer of hope for churchgoers and tourists alike, as the cross still standing in the smoldering structure. Following Monday’s massive fire, which consumed parts of the structure, photos were taken inside of the landmark, featuring the burnt remnants of the world-famous church. While mostly everything inside the cathedral seemed to be damaged from the flames or covered in smoke and ash, the giant white cross in the front of the building was miraculously captured still standing and lit up amongst the darkness. Even from afar, with parts of the roof still burning and embers falling down onto the charred pews, the cross was brightly shining down the cathedral’s aisle. YOAN VALAT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock These Notre Dame Laser Scans Could Help Restore the 856-Year-Old Cathedral to Its Glory The fire alarms were triggered at the cathedral, which is undergoing a $6.8 million restoration, around 6:30 p.m. local time. Local TV network BFM-TV reported that the fire was “possibly linked” to the renovation, and began in the rafters, but there were no workers scheduled to be on the rooftop scaffolding at the hour the fire broke out. According to a tweet from the AFP News Agency later on Monday, an official confirmed that the main structure of the historic building had been “saved and preserved,” despite the spire and roof being consumed by flames and collapsing earlier in the evening. Notre Dame Cathedral. YOAN VALAT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock YOAN VALAT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock See the Chilling Moment Notre Dame’s Spire Collapses During Horrific Fire: ‘Paris is Beheaded’ Shortly after, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech, in which he said the cathedral would be rebuilt and a public fundraising drive would open Tuesday morning in France. “The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn’t fully won yet,” French President Emmanuel Macron told crowds in a speech given outside of the church. “It is with pride I tell you tonight we will rebuild this cathedral,” he added. “We will rebuild Notre Dame because it is what the French expect of us, it is what our history deserves, it is, in the deepest sense, our destiny.” Notre Dame Cathedral. Godong/UIG via Getty Images Notre Dame Cathedral. PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images WATCH: Crowds in Paris Began Singing ‘Ave Maria’ While Watching Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral As the landmark burned, pedestrians flooded the streets to watch the blaze, many in tears, one Paris resident tells PEOPLE. A crowd even gathered together to sing “Ave Maria” near the cathedral. Many others took to Twitter to document the horrifying scene. “It feels like the end of the world,” one user wrote. “It’s getting worse. But the fire brigade has turned up. Hard to see how [to] tackle this. The plume of smoke is already 100s of feet long.” IAN LANGSDON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Salma Hayek’s Husband François-Henri Pinault Pledges $113 Million to Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral In the wake of the fires and President Macron’s promise to rebuild the structure, Salma Hayek‘s husband François-Henri Pinault pledged €100 million (over US $113 million) to help with the cathedral’s reconstruction. In a statement obtained by French newspaper Le Figaro, Pinault, 56, said, “My father (François Pinault) and myself have decided to release a sum of €100 million from our Artemis funds (the family holding company) to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre-Dame.” FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty The Catholic cathedral is located on an island in the center of the capital called the Île de la Cité, surrounded by the River Seine. The building was completed around 1260, but has been modified over the centuries. The French Gothic building is remarkable for its stained-glass rose window, flying buttresses and large spire. The latter has now collapsed after being consumed by flames. That spire replaced the original, which was damaged by wind and removed in the 18th century. The current one was made of oak covered with lead and weighed 750 tons. Notre Dame was the subject of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was made into a popular animated film by Disney in 1996.