A page dedicated to my favorite mythical a creatures and
is fed by my fascination with them in architecture.
1st section is made up of pictures containing gargoyles
2nd section are links to gargoyle websites
3rd section is a history of Gargoyles
Pictures of Gargoyles
currently presented as 4 slide shows.
but may be evolving to a thumbnail system if people prefer , so feedback helps
Slideshow controls at lower left corners of each show
clicking + makes it move faster , clicking - slows it down , = will pause it.
multiple clicking of each makes it move faster or slower
If you want to see larger versions of the pictures click on the picture your interested in
1st click will open a new page , click on that new picture for another page with only a full size picture
Links to my favorite Gargoyle websites
click on underlined title to go to the website
Walter S Arnold's web site
a Sculptor / stone carver specializing in gargoyles
check the left menu bar for Garden statuary
then on the next page GARGOYLES and DRAGONS and you'll be taken to those items
The site features some nice small and LARGE indoor and outdoor pieces
In this GERMAN website you find numerous figures and sculptures from stone casting
The site features indoor and outdoor new pieces for sale
It has some really interesting items from Gargoyles to columns
A european gargoyle hobby website
I'm not sure what language this is in ( probably Dutch ) , I found it surfing the net.
The site is one of the nicest I've come across for pictures
I emailed its owner and when I hear back I'll expand this with a little more info
A GREAT gargoyle website
Another I found surfing the web.
The site is one of the most complete I've come across so far
Incredible amounts of information and pictures
I emailed its owner and but haven't heard back in over 9 months
just ask and I will link your site
The History of Gargoyles
This is NOT my work but something copied for now
I "stole" it from Wikipedia but I'm in the process of writing my own
but due to my physical limitations ( medical reasons ) ,
I have only so much time to devote to writing on the computer at this point
Wikipedia gargoyle page
In architecture, gargoyles (from the French gargouille, originally the throat or gullet)
are the carved terminations to spouts which convey water away from the sides of buildings.
Gargoyles are mostly grotesque figures.
Statues representing gargoyle-like creatures are popular sales items,
particularly in goth and New Age retail stores.
A chimera, or grotesque is a similar type of sculpture
that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function.
These are popularly referred to as gargoyles.
The term gargoyle is most often applied to medieval work,
but throughout all ages some means of throwing the water off roofs, when not conveyed in gutters, was adopted.
In Egypt, gargoyles ejected the water used in the washing of the sacred vessels which seems to have been done on the flat roofs of the temples.
In Greek temples, the water from roofs passed through the mouths of lions whose heads were carved
or modeled in the marble or terra cotta cymatium of the cornice.
At Pompeii, many terra cotta gargoyles were found that are modeled in the shape of animals.
A local legend that sprang up around the name of St. Romanus ("Romain") (631 – 641 A.D.),
the former chancellor of the Merovingian king Clotaire II who was made bishop of Rouen,
relates how he delivered the country around Rouen from a monster called Gargouille,
having had the creature captured by a liberated prisoner.
The gargoyle's grotesque form was said to scare off evil spirits so they were used for protection.
In commemoration of St. Romain the Archbishops of Rouen were granted the right to set a prisoner free
on the day that the reliquary of the saint was carried in procession.
Although most have grotesque features, the term gargoyle has come to include all types of images.
Some gargoyles were depicted as monks, combinations of real animals and people, many of which were humorous.
Unusual animal mixtures, or chimeras, did not act as rainspout and are more properly called grotesques.
They serve more as ornamentation, but are now synonymous with gargoyles.
Gargoyles, or more precisely chimerae, were used as decoration on 19th and early 20th century buildings
in cities such as New York (where the Chrysler Building's stainless steel gargoyles are celebrated), and Chicago.
Gargoyles can be found on many churches and buildings.
One impressive collection of modern gargoyles can be found at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
The cathedral begun in 1908 is encrusted with the limestone demons.
But this collection also includes Darth Vader, a crooked politician, robots and
many other modern spins on the ancient tradition.