In a Tweet this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged to donate funds to help restore Notre Dame cathedral. The 12th century cathedral was heavily damaged on April 15, 2019 in a massive fire that brought down much of the ancient roof and spire. While Mr. Cook did not indicate how much the company would be donating for restoration efforts, it is likely to be at least one million dollars. That figure is the “normal” figure for these types of donations for Apple.
The fire, which broke out just after 6:00 pm local time, spread quickly through the centuries old wood roofing. It took several hours for fire fighters to get the blaze under control and, at one point, it was feared that the building would be an entire loss. Thankfully it was not any many of the religious relics in the cathedral survived the fire.
Notre Dame cathedral was started in the 11th century and completed in the late 12th century has been marked as a world historical landmark and a holy place for Roman Catholics. It was well known for its mason work and icons throughout the facade and within the nave.
Apple has made many of these types of donations for manmade and natural disasters globally, including hurricane relief here in the United States.