On Monday, people across the world looked on in shock and horror as the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France burned. But one mum from West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, thinks she saw something in the flames that could bring comfort to Parisians - namely the silhouette of Jesus Christ.
Taken aback by what she saw, Lesley Rowan shared a picture of the fire on Facebook and asked others if they saw what she saw.
Lesley Rowan thought she could see Jesus in the flames at Notre-Dame cathedral. Credit: Getty
The post read: "I may be letting my mind play tricks on me here, folks take a close look at this pic and tell me what do u see. I've even circled it!"
Judging by the comments on her post, it seems many people saw the same thing.
One person said: "I can see it pretty clear, gown and all. Imagine this was how god showed us he wasn't happy with us, by using acts of god to take away ancient, beautiful monuments and cathedrals."
Another added: "Yeah I saw it straight away - it's Jesus!"
Lesley, 38, said she hoped the image would 'bring comfort' to those who were distressed by the fire at the historic building.
Lesley Rowan thinks the image could bring comfort to people in Paris and across the world. Credit: Getty
According to the Daily Record, she said: "When I looked at this photo last night, I was really astounded by what I saw. When I look at it I see a silhouette of Jesus. I really see a vivid image. I shared it and asked for people's opinions - even my brother in Australia said it looks like Jesus.
"I feel like it will bring comfort to people in Paris and all over the world at this sad time."
People may perhaps also take comfort from Emmanuel Macron's vow to rebuild the cathedral 'even more beautiful' within five years.
Lesley Rowan thought she could see Jesus Christ in the flames. Credit: Facebook/Lesley Rowan
Addressing the nation last (Tuesday) night, he said: "We have so much to rebuild, so yes, we will rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral, even more beautiful, and I want that to be completed from now - until five years. We can do it.
"It is up to us to convert this disaster into an opportunity."
Moreover, while the world-famous building sustained extensive damage in the fire, with both its roof and spire destroyed, all precious artefacts and artworks were salvaged from the cathedral.
According to the BBC, these items included what is claimed to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus before his crucifixion and also a tunic, which King Louis IX is said to have worn when he delivered the crown of thorns to Paris.
In a tweet, French journalist Nicolas Delesalle cited Père Frédéric, writing: "Good news: all the works of art were saved. The treasure of the Cathedral is intact, the Crown of thorns, the Holy sacraments."
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