To scare away bad spirits.
They were believed to ward off evil spirits.
In the Notre Dame Cathedral there are five thousand (5,000) gargoyles.
The famous Gargoyles in Paris are on the top of Notre dame cathedral.
Notre Dame is the cathedral that is most famous for having gargoyles.
Gargoyles can be found on the cathedral of Notre Dame, and other churches and cathedrals.
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They were decorative Gargoyles were made from limestone and sometimes marble They were used to drain rainwater from rooftops Few architects or masons use them anymore They were often found on church buildings and important buildings.
A gargoyle is a sculpture of a little winged monster that usually is placed atop buildings, or used as Halloween decorations. They are made commercially by novelty companies, and for use in architecture by professional sculptors.
They were put on buildings to scare people into coming to church. If they did not come, they were condemned to live with these horrific creatures for eternity. Wrong!!!!!!!!!! The real answer is: Gargoyles are weird stone figures which are half human and half animal or half bird. They sit on edges of roofs of many old cathedrals, palaces, and other buildings. But these frightening figures are not there to frighten away passers-by; they serve a very useful purpose. Gargoyles are actually waterspouts to catch the rain as it flows off the roof. This water is piped into the mouths of the gargoyles and is emptied into the street, instead of dripping down the sides of the building and damaging it. Stoneworkers who created these gargoyles in medieval times are said to have represented their friends in the grotesque forms of these gargoyles. Some people believe that gargoyles were named from the French word gargouiller, which means "to gargle." Perhaps this is true, since people do make strange and even grotesque faces when they gargle water in their throats.
Gargoyles are said to ward off evil. Logically they would be used on this cathedral to ward of evil spirits from the church. They are used to direct rain water away from the building preventing deterioration. In older times, thy were thought to ward off evil spirits.
The purpose of gargoyles is to throw rainwater from the roof clear of the walls, to avoid damp. It was customary in the Middle Ages to carve them in the shape of devils and mythical beasts. Most of the gargoyles on Notre-Dame, however, are 19th century replacements.
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Gargoyles are statues that are placed on buildings like medieval castles, they have open mouth's purely as when the rain starts and you are standing under one you wont get wet as the water is collected in the mouth but if there was an intruder you would tip the gargoyle over so the rain would fall on them, sometimes gargoyles are confused with grotesques which are statues to scare evil spirits away as they are so ugly.
Gargoyles serve as drain spouts on the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. They are also visual reminders to the people to continue to attend mass, give tithes and live a "holy" life or else...
At first gargoyles were used as drain pipes because they did not want to building to suffer water damage. In the sixteenth century the lead drainpipe was invented and now the gargoyles are only used for decorative purposes. HOWEVER, superstition says that gargoyles are meant to ward off evil spirits. but that's just a legend.
Gargoyles are ornamental water spouts for draining water from the roofs of buildings. Particularly older churches and cathedrals. Many such have gargoyles on the eves of their roofs.
They are neither. They are representations of supernatural "monsters" meant to protect buildings from demons.
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