Gargoyle of the Day

Gargoyle of the Day: Melrose Abbey, Scotland

I've recently been reading a book about the history of British myths and legends concerning dragons, so it made sense to me that today's gargoyle should be from the United Kingdom. I was looking for some sort of dragon-like gargoyle but fell in love with this bagpipe-playing pig instead. Isn't he charming? I found him via ferrebeekeeper's blog; look there… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Melrose Abbey, Scotland

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Gargoyle of the Day: Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

The Sagrada Família (Holy Family) is a Spanish church designed by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) in the late nineteenth century. It is famous for the sheer exuberance of its design and the abundance of its architectural details. Gaudí's design was so elaborate, in fact, that the church is still incomplete today. I had never really thought… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

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Gargoyle of the Day: All Saints’ Church, Gresford, Wales

A medieval church is a small Welsh village, All Saints' is apparently considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. It also has some pretty phenomenal gargoyles and grotesques. They have a simplicity to them, a roughness, and a lack of detail that I find fascinating and highly effective. They are almost abstract in… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: All Saints’ Church, Gresford, Wales

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Gargoyle of the Day: National Cathedral, Washington D.C.

The National Cathedral in Washington D.C. is a rare and wonderful example of twentieth-century architectural design including gargoyles and grotesques with all the cleverness and authenticity of their very best medieval ancestors. For this, we have to thank the creativity and skill of the craftsmen who carved them in much the same way they would… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: National Cathedral, Washington D.C.

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Basilique Royale de Saint-Denis (WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #17)

 Today’s prompt didn’t particularly interest me or feel like a good fit for this blog, but the additional challenge was to write in a style different from my usual one, which I liked a lot. I like my writing to flow and include lots of description; I never skimp on the words. Therefore, I decided… Continue reading Basilique Royale de Saint-Denis (WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #17)

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Gargoyle of the Day: St. Giles, High Kirk of Edinburgh

My Facebook friend Sara requested gargoyles of the Scottish Highlands for my next gargoyle of the day. Unfortunately, I haven't had any luck tracking down photos of specifically Highland gargoyles. So many of the gorgeous churches out there are in such a state of ruin that in most cases, whatever gargoyles they may have once had… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: St. Giles, High Kirk of Edinburgh