Where are most Gothic gargoyles found?
Early examples of gargoyles have been found in Egypt, Greece, and even as far away as China, but Gothic period gargoyles are mainly found on cathedrals in Europe. One of the most famous examples of cathedrals with gargoyles is the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
Why is there gargoyles on Notre-Dame?
The gargoyles' main purpose is very practical. As rain water runs down the roofs of Notre-Dame de Paris, it needs to drain off without dripping down the walls and potentially damaging them. By evacuating rain water, the gargoyles protect the cathedral and protect the stone from damage caused by excessive runoff.
What is the current status of Notre Dame?
From May 31, the cathedral's parvis is accessible to the public, a first step towards the full reopening of Notre-Dame. However, the cathedral's towers, treasures and crypt will be closed to the public until further notice. Following this tragedy, emotional messages of support have poured in from all over the world.
Why did Notre Dame burn down?
“The heart of Notre Dame had been saved.” On 15 April 2019, an electrical short was the likely spark for a blaze that threatened to burn the 850-year-old cathedral to the ground. Following a protocol developed for just such a disaster, firefighters knew which works of art to rescue and in which order.
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