The massive fire that engulfed the Notre Dame cathedral Monday has forced a Vermont woman to change her plans for Easter.
Mary Margaret Carroll and her mother are traveling to Paris for the first time and were looking forward to attending Easter services at “Our Lady of Paris”
“My mother and I have wanted to go there,” said Carroll, a graphic designer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. “She’s wanted to go there since she was a little girl. I’ve wanted to go there since I was a little girl.
Notre Dame de Paris is one of the city’s most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year. A classic of French Gothic architecture, the cathedral contains innumerable priceless artworks, artifacts and relics.
Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne said he was “horrified” to watch the destruction, calling Notre Dame “such a beautiful piece of architecture and a beautiful part of the church’s history.
“There are certain things that are in the church that can’t be replaced,” Coyle said. “The organ that’s got 5,000 pipes and the stain glass is just priceless and beautiful. I’m hoping that wasn’t damaged in the fire itself.”