A Heartland perspective on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris

Local response to Notre Dame fire

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Notre Dame Cathedral fire hits close to home for a Southeast Missouri State University Student who is in Cape Girardeau, Mo. from France.

Titouan Sajous lives near the cathedral and referred to the church as 'the most symbolic place in Paris.'

“I'm still in shock,” he said. “I can't believe what is going on. I'm sure we're going to rebuild. It's a challenge, obviously, but we are going to rebuild it and we are going to give it it's beauty back.”

The Notre Dame cathedral has deep roots in both religious and political history in France and according to Southern Illinois art history professor Mont Allen, it's the most visited site in all of Paris.

“You may think of the Eiffel Tower when you think of Paris, but in terms of being a functional building that’s used for large public ceremonies, the kind that grab the national consciousness, even in the 20th century Notre Dame ought weighs the Eiffel Tower,” said Allen.

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