Monday, June 29, 2015

The Gargoyle Hunter

I've been obsessed with gargoyles since I was a kid.  Years ago I wrote a fictional story on my blog about gargoyles.  Whenever I visit a city with lots of history, I am constantly looking up for gargoyles.  When I got to Philadelphia, with the assistance of my new friend at the front desk of our hotel, I mapped out a route to go see all the gargoyles within walking distance. 

All the pictures in this post came from the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 
 These gargoyles were all seen one morning when Paul and I went on a seven mile run.  I did not want to carry my camera, so the pictures were all taken by cell phone.  When I saw how neat the gargoyles were, I wished I had made the effort to run with my camera after all.  A cell phone with no zoom lens just doesn't do them justice.

Gargoyles were originally designed as water spouts to route water off the building through their open mouths.

They were made to look scary to keep evil spirits away from the church.  I think they're just marvelous.

What do you think, readers?  Would my neighbors be horrified if I were to put a gargoyle on top of our log home?

18 comments:

Endah Murniyati said...

I think gargoyle is not suitable for home...

Bas said...

Door de uitleg ga je er ook meer op letten.

Bas said...

heel mooi

Steve Surratt said...

Time to write your first coffee-table Gargoyle book!

Out on the prairie said...

What a great find, they are unique to see since many don't look up when passing.

Harry Flashman said...

I have a gargoyle on the stone pillar at my gate. He has been there so long the moss has rooted him to the stone.

Linda E said...

For me, when I see one or many on a building, I have to look up and gaze at them. Not scary to me...just ornate of sorts. I am happy that you found some new ones in Philadelphia.

TexWisGirl said...

laughing. yes, i think that would be a bit of a shock. :)

Sally said...

Do it, and then show us!

I'm enjoying your trip from here. :)

xoxo

Karen Ann said...

I love them too. I say put one at the very least, in your garden.

Gail Dixon said...

Haha, well, I can't see a gargoyle attached to a log home, but if you like it, go for it!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

very cool!
love
tweedles

SweetMarie said...

I think it would give everyone nightmares! lol

alissa apel said...

I like them, so I wouldn't be horrified. I guess it depends on the neighbor.

Small Kucing said...

I think your neighbours might be shocked. ☺

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Very cool! I bet the boys would like one in their room.

Annette said...

So cool. I saw lots of them when I studied in Spain. They definitely add character! :)

Merryn said...

I'd freaked out if I see one in any home :D