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.
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.