Nov. 26th, 2012

Adopt a Gargoyle, Save a Cathedral

Duomo Spiral
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The Duomo Cathedral in Milan is making interesting headway on their quest for preservation funding. As Milan's city budget tightens with the struggling world economy, the cathedral is in danger of losing its luster. According to CBC, Cathedral management decided to make a few sacrifices to prevent that from happening. In order to build Milanese and world support for the Cathedral’s upkeep, officials have put the building’s 135 protective gargoyles up for adoption. Unlike accidentally adopting a homely adopted child in real life, prospective parents in this situation will only see their little cherub from afar, yet get to bask in the glory that their names are forever engraved below the monstrously life-like drainage sculptures. The Cathedral is hoping to collect about $32 million with each gargoyle adoption bringing in about $128,000. Already, eight gargoyles have been placed (metaphorically speaking) in loving homes. There are only 127 left, so get out there and make a difference in a gargoyle’s life.
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