Roses have been laid near Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral a day after a fire devastated the cathedral in central Paris on April 16, 2019.

Losing Notre Dame Cathedral feels personal to people all over the world

Updated 2029 GMT (0429 HKT) April 16, 2019

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(CNN)The world watched on Monday as a fire engulfed the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, causing the collapse of the cathedral's iconic spire and the destruction of its roof structure, which dated back to the 13th century.

Travelers from all over the world shared cherished memories of their visits to one of the most beloved religious structures in the world with CNN. Here are their stories.
Hilts said this was her mother's last trip.
Jill Hilts, 71, Southern California, treasures this photo of her mother, Phyllis, siting on a bench outside the cathedral in 2000. They visited Paris a few months before Phyllis was diagnosed with ALS.
"We did not know this would be her last trip," Hilts said. Her mom died in 2003.
Hilts said her mom's back was bothering her, so she waited on the bench while she went inside to light a candle.