"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," Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement posted to the company's website.
Iger went on to say that Disney "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."
The Walt Disney Company today announced it is 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: https://t.co/5Bm3BpDTPVpic.twitter.com/MFXAvUjsjg
Disney's link to Notre Dame goes beyond an appreciation for the building's place in history. It also served as the backdrop for their 1996 animated classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel.
Disney is the latest major corporation to pledge money to the cause, following on the heels of Apple and Kering, among others. According to the Associated Press, over $1 billion has been raised for reconstruction, with funds coming from both the Catholic Church, international companies and private citizens alike.
One private citizen who has made a particularly sizable donation is François-Henri Pinault, the billionaire husband of actress Salma Hayek, who pledged to donate more than $100 million to rebuild the landmark.
Check out the video below to hear more on Pinault's generous donation.