Gothic architecture masterpiece Milan cathedral is giving anyone a chance to have their name carved in stone. Those who donate over $128,000 to clean up the landmark monument will have their name engraved under one of the trademark gargoyles.
The fourth-largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy has launched a public campaign to raise $32 million. A total of 135 gargoyles, used as drains for rain water, are wanted for adoption.
Cathedral authorities told AFP that since the launch of the campaign last month they have received eight donations of $128,000 as well as several smaller donations.
The cathedral's management reportedly said it wanted "to encourage the Milanese and citizens of the world as a whole to be protagonists in the history of the cathedral… a priceless treasure that belongs to all of humanity."
Modest donations of between $12 and $127 can be made through the campaign's website.
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