Wausau East students visit Notre Dame Cathedral just days before fire

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Notre Dame Cathedral has a special meaning to a lot of people, and it’s no different in Wisconsin.

The Spanish and French Clubs at Wausau East visited the historical sight just days before the fire. The Spanish Club usually travels to a Spanish-speaking country. So this year the school decided to head to Spain. But, the Wausau East French Club also went on the trip, so the groups took a brief stop in France. The students had some free time in Paris. So some of them, including Senior Mario Duwe, decided to stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral, and he says he’s glad he did.

“I went inside and it was just a huge cathedral. The ceilings were the tallest ceilings I've ever seen. Just a bunch of cool artwork on the side with really beautiful stained glass windows. It was like I just saw this place and now it's burning," Duwe said.

Duwe also said that the fire has been hard on the students and teachers, and because of that, the major loss of French history has been the subject of discussion in the Spanish and French classes over the past week.