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The world watched in horror as the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral burned yesterday. Musicians began asking, but what about the organ?

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

A day after flames leaped through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris sparking fears the beloved building could be consumed, Parisians sang and prayed in processions through the streets and held vigils Tuesday evening close to the church constructed more than eight centuries ago.

The cathedral stood blackened with much of its roof gone, its spire collapsed and charred rubble inside, but it remained standing, its main structure and two towers spared.

color photo of Notre Dame Cathedral
Bill Miller

Had Notre Dame Cathedral actually burned to the ground in yesterday's devastating fire, we would have lost one of the architectural wonders of the Western world – and so much more. We would have lost the locus of striking musical innovations that helped make music – whether Beethoven's symphonies or Beyoncé's latest hit – what it is today.

Updated on Tuesday at 5:25 a.m. ET

Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's most famous churches, erupted in flames Monday in Paris, losing its spire but remaining otherwise largely intact after firefighters worked through the night to contain the fire.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET.

It was a shot of a lifetime and junior guard Arike Ogunbowale nailed it for Notre Dame.

She sank a 3-pointer from the corner with 0.1 seconds left on the clock, beating Mississippi State 61-58, and giving Notre Dame its second women's basketball title Sunday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame scored its first title 17 years ago — also on April 1.