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Gargoyle of the Day: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Saint Louis, Missouri

I don't come across either gargoyles or grotesques on commercial buildings very often in my research, which is why I so greatly appreciate them on the rare occasions that they do come along. You don't typically think of history and important architecture when someone mentions the word "Budweiser", but the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and headquarters in Saint Louis, Missouri is… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Gargoyle of the Day: Chateau de Pierrefonds, Oise, France

Most of the time, gargoyles perform their function as gutters by sticking out from the side of a building and diverting water horizontally. This gargoyle on the 12th-century Chateau de Pierrefonds in France has a different approach. He sends water downward as his long body slithers down the castle wall. I'm not sure if he is an alligator, crocodile, enormous… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Chateau de Pierrefonds, Oise, France

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Gargoyle of the Day: Duomo, Milan

In 2012, Milan's Duomo came up with a pretty cool fundraising idea. In order to come up with the necessary funds to support restorations efforts, this massive Gothic cathedral decided to put its 135 gargoyles up for adoption. Donors could pick a gargoyle to contribute to, receiving a little name plaque underneath "their" gargoyle. This article on swide.com… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Duomo, Milan

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Gargoyle of the Day: Tower of London

This weirdly-misshapen face is one of several gargoyles or grotesques located on the infamous Tower of London. Considering the many horrifying things that have happened inside that castle-turned-prison, I would say that his somewhat-twisted appearance is appropriate, though I'm sure this wasn't intentional. Interestingly, the other Tower of London gargoyles I found, though all still disembodied… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Tower of London

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Gargoyle of the Day: Tullgarns Slott (Palace), Södermanland, Sweden

Tullgarns Slott (Tullgarn Palace, in English) is an elegant summer palace of Swedish monarchy, built in the 1720s. Tullgarn is a mixture of several architectural styles and has beautiful wrought iron work, including these unusual-yet-functional gargoyles. The cream and peace Neo-Classical palace exterior (image below) hardly looks like someplace where one might find gargoyles, but here they are! I love… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Tullgarns Slott (Palace), Södermanland, Sweden

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Gargoyle of the Day: St. Vitus, Prague

The rooster is one of early Italian St. Vitus's attributes, so it's quite fitting that a rooster gargoyle can be found on his beautiful Gothic church in Prague. Some people think that this figure depicts an eagle. I disagree, but I can understand how one might come to that conclusion without knowing about the saint's association to the rooster.… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: St. Vitus, Prague

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Gargoyle of the Day: Old Philadelphia Fire Department Headquarters

  A fire house is one of the last places I would expect to see gargoyles, or even not-quite-three-dimensional grotesque carvings, but a set of six firefighter grotesques can be found on the old Race Street Firehouse in Philadelphia. These droll little figures wear old-fashioned fire hats and carry hoses. I believe that the numbers on the hats refer to… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Old Philadelphia Fire Department Headquarters

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Gargoyle of the Day: University of Chicago

I've talked about the University of Chicago's gargoyles before, in a post about collegiate gargoyles. However, I really had no idea at the time how prominent a role these gargoyles play in the school's culture. Not only is the university's IT system nicknamed "gargoyle", but the University of Chicago gargoyle also has his own blog, and the… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: University of Chicago

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Gargoyle of the Day: Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia

Borobudur Temple is a massive Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia. Built in the ninth century, Borobudur has a complex, tiered design and is richly decorated with hundreds of Buddha statues and thousands of relief-carved scenes depicting important Buddhist stories. It also has stupas and other sculpted imagery including gargoyles. Finding gargoyles, particularly functional gargoyles as these seem to be (rather than purely-decorative grotesques),… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia

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Gargoyle of the Day: Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca, Spain

This little winged fellow looks like he's absolutely thrilled with his view from the roofline of the Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca, Spain. This late-fifteenth and early sixteenth-century building is named for its numerous shell-shaped decorations (concha is the Spanish word for shell) - symbols of the Spanish chivalric Order of Santiago de Compostela. The… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca, Spain