DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As the ashes of the flames that partially destroyed the 13th century architectural masterpiece settle, Lisa Golsenne, a 20-year-old from Paris who is attending the University of Dayton, tried to imagine what Notre Dame will look like when she returns to her hometown.
“Even the color of the cathedral won’t be the same,” said Golsenne. “So just behind a blue sky, it will be not very good to see.”
Golsenne said while at home, she would visit the site almost once a week, and loved the landscape and seeing so many beautiful weddings use it as a backdrop.
She is not Catholic, but said it is a beloved monument, not just for her fellow Parisians, but French people, and Europeans as a whole.
In less than 24 hours, hundreds of millions of euros have been pledged from across the world for reconstuction, but that could take over a decade.
“For all of my French friends, it will be really impressive to think that we might have kids when the Cathedral will be reconstructed,” said Golsenne.
But even through the devastation she said seeing videos of Parisians and tourists coming together, holding hands, singing songs of support, give her hope, reminding her of France’s strength and resilience.
“We are not a Catholic country, but to see even non-Catholic people out there to support what happened, I felt really proud of my country,” said Golsenne.