Monday, March 27, 2017

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano at night (Milan Cathedral), Piazza del Duomo, Milan
Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) at night
Piazza del Duomo
Milan, November 2016

“In November 2012 officials announced a campaign to raise funds for the cathedral's preservation by asking patrons to adopt the building's gargoyles. The effects of pollution on the 14th-century building entail regular maintenance, and recent austerity cuts to Italy's culture budget has left less money for upkeep of cultural institutions, including the cathedral. To help make up funds, Duomo management launched a campaign offering its 135 gargoyles up for ‘adoption.’ Donors who contribute €100,000 (about $110,505) or more will have their name engraved under one of the grotesque figures perched on the cathedral's rooftop. The figures serve as drainage pipes.” (Milan Cathedral, Wikipedia)