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Milan Opens New Adoption Program

Posted: Nov. 19th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Though few adopters to be would like to bring the ugly little tykes home in a bundle, Milan has launched a campaign to adopt the cathedral's gargoyles in an effort raise funds to make up for failing culture budgets. Framing the adopt-a-gargoyle drive as an effort to get citizens actively involved in protecting one of Milan's cultural treasures, the campaign must raise nearly $32 million for success.

Milan cathedral has launched a campaign to adopt its gargoyles to help it raise the 25 million euros ($32 million) needed to clean up the landmark monument as culture budgets take a hit from the crisis.

A total of 135 gargoyles are up for adoption and donors who cough up more than 100,000 euros ($128,000) will have their name engraved under the gargoyle.

Smaller donations of between 10 euros and 100 euros can be made through the campaign's website.

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