Notre Dame fire

Pictures: Priests in Hardhats Celebrate First Mass in Notre Dame Since Fire

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, second left, leads the first mass in a side chapel, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Saturday June 15, 2019, in Paris. (Karine Perret, Pool via AP)

Notre Dame Cathedral: The Icon of Christian France

Long before the Eiffel Tower shot up from the Parisian skyline or the Sacré Coeur basilica stood vigilant atop Montmartre, the Cathedral of Notre Dame embodied all that was good and true in Paris.

A picture taken on March 27, 2019 shows a scaffold during the restauration of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, in Paris. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)