The central hall of the Gare d'Orsay, the train station opened only ten years earlier, now sat feet under water. The electrical tracks which made it the city's most modern station were useless.
Many photographers concentrated their lenses on the enormous arched window, which allowed light into the dark and empty space of what would normally have been the bustling platform area, but now was a motionless lake. The illuminated archway is reflected in the still water, creating a stunning symmetrical image. Although the water is stagnant and foul, the reflection makes the Orsay look like a beautiful ancient temple sitting in ruins.