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Of course, the Vatican has needed new gargoyles for a while now.
Even the cathedral’s famous gargoyles have suffered, their faces worn after centuries of wear and tear.
And the features of Notre Dame's famous gargoyles looked as worn away as the face of Voldemort.
Docents show slides of the building’s whimsical and sometimes fierce stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour.
There was, on the porch at the feet of the dead bird, a hunched gargoyle.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: Gargoyle tour at Washington National Cathedral.
A police union official, Cedric Michel, said a man armed with a hammer went after the police officer, who was patrolling the esplanade in front of the world-famous cathedral known for its gothic architecture and gargoyles.
In fact, many of the racist proposals put forth by Trump didn’t originate from the gargoyle bobblehead of Steve Bannon.
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In the 12th century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux reportedly complained about the new sculptures in the cloisters where he lived. "Surely," he is quoted as saying, "if we do not blush for such absurdities we should at least regret what we have spent on them." St. Bernard was apparently provoked by the grotesque figures designed to drain rainwater from buildings. By the 13th century, those figures were being called "gargoyles," a name that came to Middle English from the Old French gargoule. The stone beasts may have earned that name because of the water that gargled out of their throats and mouths.
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