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30 Cool and Creepy Gargoyles, Monsters from Around the World

Some say that “gargoyles frighten off and protect those that it guards, such as a church, from any evil or harmful spirits.

Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth. Gargoyles are usually an elongated fantastic animal because the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is thrown from the wall. When Gothic flying buttresses were used, aqueducts were sometimes cut into the buttress to divert water over the aisle walls.

Oakland Cemetery – Atlanta, Georgia

San Juan de los Reyes Monastery – Toledo, Spain

Natural History Museum – London, England

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris, France

Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya – Barcelona, Spain

Forbidden City – Beijing, China

Washington National Cathedral – Washington D.C., USA

St. Nicholas Church – Luneburg, Germany

Marble Church, Bodelwyddan – Clwyd, Wales

Cologne Cathedral – Clogne, Germany

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris, France

Reims Cathedral – Reims, France

University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

University of Sydney – Sydney, Australia

Chateau d’Amboise – Amboise, France

Alcobaca Monastery – Alcobaca, Portugal

Princeton University – New Jersey, USA

Winchester Cathedral – Winchester, England

Biltmore Estate – North Carolina, USA

Nidaros Cathedral – Trondheim, Norway

Cathedral of Santa Eulalia – Barcelona, Spain

Palma Cathedral – Palam, Mallorca, Spain

Magdalen College – Oxford, England

Zagreb Cathedral – Zagreb, Croatia

Hospital de Sant Pau – Barcelona, Spain

Westminster Abbey – London, England

Chateau d’Amboise – Amboise, France

Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya – Barcelona, Spain

St Mary’s Cathedral – Edinburgh, Scotland

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris, France