The gargoyles of Milan's Duomo Cathedral have been put up for adoption to help raise money for much needed renovations, Wanderlust reports. With Europe in the grip of recession, Italy have had to slash their culture budget so drastically that there is no money for much-needed renovations to cultural icons. In an attempt to raise money for necessary repairs to the pink marble Duomo , which happens to be the fourth largest cathedral in the world, officials have decided to create an 'adopt a gargoyle' scheme similar to the various 'adopt an animal' schemes run by conservation charities across the globe.With no less than 135 gargoyles crouching about the cathedral, managers of the scheme are hoping to raise €25million (R 283 522 500), which will be just enough to cover all the repair costs. Any benefactor that contributes over €100,000 (R1 134 090) to the cathedral will have their name inscribed underneath a gargoyle. It took nearly six centuries to build the cathedral and many of the gargoyles serve as drains for rainwater. Duomo is the seat for the Archbishop of Milan and is dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent.The cathedral's management has said that the aim is: "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."