Walt Disney Company announced that they would be committing to donate $5 million dollars in aid for the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Notre-Dame Cathedral caught on fire this Monday and France's billionaires were quick to offer aid, but now they're not alone. The Walt Disney Company today announced it would committing $5 million to aid in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris following the devastating fire that severely damaged the historic landmark this week. This adds to the already pledged 600 millions of euros, promised by fashion Moguls like Francois Pinault, Bernard Arnault, and Françoise Bettencourt. Everyone agrees the fire in Monday was a tremendous loss for history, Cultural Heritage everywhere and for France, since its most symbolic building was partially destroyed.
Although Disney does not have a particular national connection to France, this is especially sensitive considering its 1990's movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as it is significant to millions of young people across the world who first came to know the historical church through the movie. Thus, realizing their role on spreading imagery, architectural facts, and legend on Notre Dame, Disney feels particularly compelled to chip in. Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company said:
“Notre-Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history. The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece.”
While some feared the fire would consume the entire structures, the interior of the church remained largely untouched. The famous spire, however, collapsed. Yet, this may be the best place to start rebuilding what is arguably the most beautiful church in history.
Cover picture by @luke_silcox_