Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gargoyle


This is one of the many gargoyles I have seen in Germany, hanging out right over from the small door of one shop in Rothenburg, the shop is selling many lovely teddy bears, but I one out side of the shop, on top of the door, it looks quite feio...
Perhaps one of the most eye-catching features of Gothic architecture is the figures of the grotesques, the gargoyles. Many Gothic cathedrals from all over Europe have gargoyles. The carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building . It is used to prevent rainwater from running down masonry walls, to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm.

My other intersting gargoyle shot was taken in Salzburg, Australia. I am sure there are many more interesting Gargoyle sculptures, if you do have some of the images, post the link in the comment, Thank you.

1 comment:

Freespirit said...

Notice that the gargoyle is the image of lion, the mane of the lion has long been depicted as the suns rays used throughout history by sun-worshipping cultures. Even Freemasonary acknowledges the lion as a representation of the sun. Interesting how these things are ALL over Europe.