This page has more photos of gargoyles seen on buildings throughout France and Spain.
Most are 400 to 500 years old. On virtually every structure where they're used,
each gargoyle is unique from all others.
Gargoyles on the
ancient buildings of Europe were architectural necessities that functioned to direct water away from masonry walls
and thereby prevent erosion. There is virtually no written record that was kept that explains the history of
why such bizarre figures were designed or chosen for this purpose. And bizarre they are, running the gamut of
fierce animal faces, imaginary creatures, and occasionally but only rarely human figures. Many, if not most,
are grotesque and intentionally frightening and some are lewd. And yet they are most often used to grace
Catholic churches and cathedrals. It seems noteworthy that the choices to use such bizarre figures was made
in virtually every city, town, or village throughout this vast geographical
area, suggesting a design intent imposed at high level of the Catholic church, or oddly, a fad of the era that
spread widely and consistently. These
photos of gargoyles and strange creatures mounted on the churches of
France and Spain. Use this link to
center the slideshow.
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