Gargoyles (25 photos)

Remember, recently showed you about the reconstruction of the cathedral, which is not installed Alien figurine gargoyles instead?

Now I will tell you that such garguli in general and what they

Gargoyle - a carved stone grotesque figure who created to divert water from the roof and side facades of large buildings.
Gargoyles - strange, eerie, unpleasant, and sometimes disgusting. They hang over the centuries by many streets and towns, swarming silently watching the people below. They are a silent position for so long that many of us are not even aware that there is a sense Gargoyles. Let's look at these stone monsters, a mysterious destination.

Usually we associate them with the medieval times (due to one not obscure the hunchback), but they appeared much earlier. This is not just scary statue. Many gargoyles are in the form of certain animals, and this is no coincidence.

Lion and Lioness were the favorite images of the founders of gargoyles. For example, at the Cathedral Dornoch in Scotland there is such a cute lion, grinning at passersby below. Leo was one of the most popular non-European animal, which was used in the Middle Ages when the decoration of churches and cathedrals. Later, they became popular in the form of gargoyles (a lot of them in Pompeii), and they symbolized the sun - their golden mane was a solar crown our lives.

However, in the cathedrals of the Middle Ages, the builders used the lion as a symbol of pride, which, of course, was one of the seven deadly sins, and because it should be avoided. Here is the lion, for example, looks pretty proud. It is located in one of the colleges in France. Apart from lions to create gargoyles were not used other cats. Cats were a symbol of witchcraft, so they avoided.

Dog. Here is the gargoyle is on the tower of Philip IV the Fair in the Palace in Dijon, again, in France.
Dogs have always been very popular, and they rarely looked just as pets. They guarded the house at night, so they were considered clever and loyal. On the one hand, it can be assumed that as a gargoyle statues of dogs had to guard the building, but their presence on the roofs and caused by another reason. Dogs are always hungry and they often steal food from humans, so at the time their figures are often placed in the cathedrals and churches for all to see that even such a faithful animal, like a dog, may be tempted of the devil and become a victim of greed.


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