Gargoyles – Those evil looking creatures you usually see on buildings that was said to keep evil spirits away also served another purpose. #Gargoyles


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I have always been told that gargoyles were used to keep evil spirits away. The Hunch Back of Notre Dame and Ghostbusters, you can see Gargoyles used in them.

Alexa one day told us an interesting facts about them.

The main purpose was to keep rain water off of the buildings. The falling rain on the gargoyles made a gargling sound as they repelled away from the building.

Doing some digging, WikiPedia says in Gothic architecture, a gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building.

These carved architecture structures were usually carved out of granite. Besides keeping rainwater off of buildings, it was also used as decorative pieces.

The word gargoyle is French word gargouille, which means “throat” or “gullet.” As shared by Wonderpolois.

Some shapes used

  • Lions
  • Dogs
  • Wolves
  • Eagles
  • Snakes
  • Goats
  • Monkeys
  • Dragons
  • Gremlins
  • Church Elders
  • Architecture Builders
  • Darth Vader (Washington, DC)
  • Other Mystical Creatures

Yes, you can find these on top of some churches, especially the Catholic Church. One such church is Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris) in Paris, France. Said to bring fear to parishioners and even brought pagans to church.

MentalFloss shared that Pittsburgh, PA is known as a hotspot for gargoyles, being called “Downtown Dragons.” However, these architecture wonder can be dated to ancient Egypt.

Now you know a little bit more about these creatures.

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