The cathedral itself took about two hundred and sixty years to build and was completed in the early 13th century. The doors were super tall; maybe the size of two charter buses stacked on top of each other. There was a man standing outside the doors with a donation basket.
When we went inside, we had to be uber quiet. It shows respect to those who were praying in the church. As we walked around, we saw gorgeous stained-glass windows. Every color you could imagine was pieced together to create elaborate pictures of the stories of Jesus and other important people of the Bible.
Statues of the saints lined the eastern side of the Cathedral. The one main hall branched off into different halls; most were for the saints.
There was one room where I saw my first real life confessional. Another had a small model of the whole cathedral.
When you get to see the gorgeous intricacies of the church and how much time went in to it -- thinking of the people who first helped start it, but never got to see it finished -- really gets to you. How much faith they had that it would be beautiful, knowing they may never see it.
--Ashley Williamson, class of 2017