Milan Duomo cameras end thrill-seekers' fun

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A €200,000 surveillance system has been installed at the Duomo di Milano. Photo: Nic Redhead/Flickr
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Thrill-seekers will no longer be able to fly from the spires of Milan's famous cathedral after the city's authorities announced a new €200,000 CCTV system at the site.

Twenty cameras will be placed in and around the Milan Duomo to stave off temptation from parachute jumpers as well as protect the hundreds of daily visitors.

Twelve of the cameras will surveil the area around the cathedral and the square while seven will monitor the terraces and one will zoom in on the 135 spiers.

The city’s authorities want to protect the symbol of Milan and prevent any new “extreme feats” from its spiers, particularly ahead of Milan Expo 2015, Il Messaggero newspaper reported.

Milan’s authorities said the team had worked hard over the summer to install the system following parachutist Nicola Di Palma’s jump on July 4th.

Di Palma is said to have hidden inside the Duomo overnight ahead of his early morning jump. He then abandoned the parachute in the square below and fled.

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In reference to the jump, Angelo Caloia, the president of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, told Il Messaggero, “not all evil has a silver lining”, and so the Duomo “must be protected”, especially with Milan Expo 2015 in mind.

In a bid to raise money for the Gothic cathedral’s maintenance, the authorities last year offered donors willing to contribute €100,000 the chance to have their name engraved on a spire.  

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