The Enchanting History of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Famous Gargoyles – My Modern Met


How much do you know about the gargoyles of Notre-Dame Cathedral?

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is celebrated as one of the most exquisite examples of Gothic architecture. Constructed in the Middle Ages, the church has welcomed worshippers and sightseers for centuries, inspiring awe with its sky-high spires, ethereal stained glass windows, and spell-binding sculptures.

Among carved depictions of holy figures like saints and prophets, the cathedral’s exterior also features a menagerie of grotesques, stone creatures intended to protect the church from malevolent spirits. When these statues double as waterspouts, they’re known as gargoyles—though the popular term is often mistakenly applied to the entire grotesque family […]

Source: The Enchanting History of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Famous Gargoyles

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