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Gargoyle of the Day: Reims Cathedral, France

A restored gargoyle on Reims Cathedral. Photo by G Bayliss via Flickr [Creative Commons].
This gargoyle on Reims Cathedral seems to have had a head transplant some time since the Middle Ages! The concept is actually not that unusual, since centuries of running water often erode functioning gargoyles over time. It’s difficult to tell from this photo if the replacement was done in metal or a differently-colored stone. Either way, the end result kind of looks like this rhinoceros is wearing a battle helmet.

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