The President of France promises that the Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt and restored in 5 years.
Here in Nashville, parishioners at the Cathedral of the Incarnation are watching that tragedy with heavy hearts.
The impact of Paris is felt here both spiritually and historically.
The plan to make Notre Dame's 11th century cathedral last longer though renovation backfired, when yesterday's flames put it's future in question.
"It witnessed the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, you know, kings and queens. A thousand years of history right there."
In Nashville, it is 100 years of history inside the Cathedral of the Incarnation. A baby compared to Paris, but a beautiful baby in the middle of its own renovation.
"We had to do something, if you're going to do it, you go whole hog and do it right."
Phase one finished last week, spectacular ceilings composed through Catholic imagery fit for a scripture of miracles.
"You want people to come in for the first time and go 'Wow.'"
Then, make a second impression.
"It would be the same guiding principal as Notre Dame, you want to feel like you are in a very special, sacred place."
A feeling France will find again, with some help from West End.
"We will have a collection and I'll send it to the Cardinal and Bishop of Paris, one Cathedral to another."
A renovation like this takes big money, here, every penny paid by the congregation that worships here.
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