What are these fantastic monsters doing in churches?
Why these nightmarish monkeys, these strange savage lions, and creatures in cloisters?
The traditional gargoyle is a horrendous creature who leers out of medieval church walls. But, now, people have started to bringing science fictional flourishes to these fantasy creations. Look at these amazing pictures:
Alien gargoyle on Paisley Abbey, Scotland. This church was built in the early 14th century! Many of the original gargoyles were replaced during the renovations in the early 1990s.
The legend says that St. Romanus (“Romain”) (AD 631–641), the bishop of Rouen delivered the country around Rouen, France from a monster called Gargouille (=Gargoyle) or Goji.
The Devil in person: Gargoyle on the Magdalen College in Oxford
The monster La Gargouille looked like the typical dragon with batlike wings, a long neck, and the ability to breathe fire from its mouth (the actual gargoyles we know).
Salisbury Cathedral strange monster gargoyle
After being killed, La Gargouille was brought back to Rouen, where it was burnt. However, its head and neck didn’t due to being tempered by its own fire breath.
A xenomorph alien gargoyle at Chapelle de Bethléem (Bethlehem Chapel) in Nantes
So, it was decided that the head should be mounted on the walls of the newly built church to scare off evil spirits.
A Gremlin gargoyle at Chapelle de Bethléem (Bethlehem Chapel) in Nantes
As well as protecting people and the city from enemies.
Weird half-dragon half-chicken gargoyle in Switzerland
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.
A scared or surprised dragon on Bamburgh Castle in England
What symbolism do you find in these amazing gargoyle sculptures? Do they have a meaning for you?
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