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Gargoyles of France and Spain

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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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All photographs are the property of Robert Stephens and TheWorldinLight Photographic Gallery. Unauthorized reproduction or use is prohibited by US copyright law.