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Gargoyles and Grotesques
History of Cathedrals
How they were Built
Gothic Cathedrals
Romanesque Cathedrals
Gargoyles and Grotesques

Grotesques,  semi-human figures like gargoyles were also very popular.  Such images were requested by monks and bishops who paid the mason to represent the many dangers of sin in a humorous way.
Aside from being an decoration, Gargoyles are also architectural features as they are 'waterspouts' protecting the walls.
Gargoyles   - Used to protect mortar and stone from eroding, also said to scare evil spirits from entering cathedrals.
Grotesques -  Like gargoyles, but protect the building and serve no other purpose
Griffins        - Like gargoyles and grotesques, but look like a lions rear and tair,  with eagle from and wings.



Some various Gargoyles.