Notre Dame’s Gargoyles and Grotesques

Notre Dame de Paris is the most famous Cathedral of Paris.

Construction began in 1163 an the cathedral was essentially complete by 1345. Notre Dame is located on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in Paris downtown.

Gargoyles and Grotesques were the first residents of Notre Dame.

Gargoyles came into gothic architecture in the early 13th century and are defined as “a waterspout, projecting from an upper part of a building or a roof gutter to throw water clear of walls or foundations.” The origins of the word ‘gargoyle’ are derived from the old French word ‘gargouille‘ meaning throat. In Architectural terms only the creature serving as actual water spout is called a Gargoyle, otherwise is it known as a Grotesque. A grotesque may function solely as decoration.

Below, pictures of Paris taken from the Cathedral with the eyes of the gargoyles and grotesques.

Source: Notre-Dames-Gargoyles-and-Grotesques

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