Arkansan recalls Notre Dame visit just two weeks ago

Arkansan recalls Notre Dame visit just two weeks ago
Brad Hyde took a tour of the cathedral and surrounding area and is saddened by the fire that has recently engulfed the cathedral. (Source: Brad Hyde)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansan recently visited the cathedral in Notre Dame with his family only a couple of weeks ago before the devastating fire on April 15.

Jonesboro resident Brad Hyde took a tour of the cathedral and is saddened by the fire that engulfed it.

“The first thing I thought was ‘I can’t believe I was standing there two weeks ago inside that beautiful cathedral,’” Hyde said.

The cathedral brings in multitudes of people year-round to see its beauty.

“I wish I could verbally describe how beautiful it was when you first walked in,” Hyde said. “It was so huge and so beautiful. You sit there and think ‘This building is about 600 years older than my entire country.’”

His tour guide and family bonded during the trip and became Facebook friends.

After Hyde heard of the tragedy ongoing in Paris, he checked in with his tour guide to see how she was.

“She said there were people in France just crying on the streets,” Hyde said.

The building, to Hyde, symbolized a greater cause.

“This building was built to bring people together, to congregate together for a common purpose,” Hyde said. “I think that’s so unusual and that was over 800 years ago. So, if we take anything away, that it right there.”

Donations to help fund the rebuilding and remodeling of the cathedral can be mailed here:

Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, PNC Bank, 800 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

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