COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Teachers and college professors in Columbus are sharing their thoughts on the catastrophic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The fire happened Monday, April 15 and burned for hours, destroying the 850-year-old landmark. French President Emmanuel Macron is vowing to rebuild the historic cathedral better than ever.
Daniela Brollo is a French teacher at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School. She said she was in her French class when she heard the cathedral had gone up in flames.
“I'm shocked and extremely sad for what happened, because it's just a piece of art and a piece of history that has been destroyed. I’s very hard to replace things of our past,” said Brollo.
Columbus State University art history professor, Claire McCoy, also spoke on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
“For us, these works of art, these buildings is like seeing the home of a good friend burn,” said McCoy.
Much of the beloved cathedral’s interior is still intact and its most precious relics were saved, including the crown of thorns, which some believe was placed on the head of Jesus during the crucifixion.
The focus now turns to the cause of the fire.