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Are gargoyles statues that cover up rain spouts?


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Answered 2012-08-26 09:34:32

Until the 16th century, Gargoyles were the rainspouts on cathedrals such as Notre Dame in France and NOT just ornamentation. Chimeras, "grotesques" were added as ornamentation. Only Notre Dame, Paris, Frances has both.

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