EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Dr. Steven Barnett of Boonville visited Notre Dame just last month. It wasn’t his first trip to the cathedral, but he knows if he ever returns again, it likely won’t look the same.
“It was largely a feeling of awe. It is one of those things that you have always seen pictures and knew about in your head and then to actually see the real thing is an incredible experience. Very, very fortunate to have seen it like it was," said Barnett.
He got to go inside the sanctuary, up into the bell tower and onto the roof to see the spire which no longer stands.
“You could tell it was a very holy place. Just an awesome atmosphere. You walk out on this balcony and you are right there with the gargoyles,” said Barnett.
Then there is Evansville native Nina Rodman who now lives in Hilton Head, SC. In 1974, she played the historic organ inside the church.
“With the sound of that beautiful instrument, it is just a memory that we will never forget, any of us who were there," said Rodman.
Notre Dame has captivated visitors for centuries. But Rodman says it is the small details that she will remember the most.
“The feeling of the keys, the touch of my feet on the pedals and particularly the sound of the 7,000 pipes. Your spirit just soars at that time, there is no other way to describe it," said Rodman.