PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State House shined the colors of the French flag Tuesday night to honor the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Gov. Gina Raimondo said the State House dome will be lit up in blue, white and red, following the catastrophic fire that destroyed the historic church.
“I was devastated to hear of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, an enduring symbol of faith for millions around the world,” Raimondo said in a statement. “It’s inspiring to see such a global outpouring of support at such a difficult time. My thoughts are with the people of France working tirelessly to preserve this irreplaceable piece of our history.”
Several Rhode Islanders are looking back fondly on their memories of the cathedral, including University of Rhode Island (URI) Associate Professor of French Karen de Bruin.
de Bruin, who is a native of South Africa, said she was once a resident of Paris.
“Where I lived was about a seven-minute walk from Notre Dame,” she said. “So, for four years, almost every single day I saw the Notre Dame. It’s something you don’t ever get tired of.”
According to de Bruin, it was heartbreaking watching the spire, and 800 years of history, disappear.
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames Monday in what officials are considering an accident, possibly related to restoration work on the church’s spire.