What are gargoyles

Heads with fangs, serpentine looks that are clearly evil - such demonic figures can be found in and in churches.

They come from the Romantic, Gothic and Renaissance periods - at least in terms of time. At that time, these representations became common. Examples from the Gothic are Notre-Dame in Paris or Cologne Cathedral.

Threatening demons in the mirror

The demons do not threaten churchgoers, but the evil one. Gargoyles or gargoyles are called gargoyles on the outside of the churches in demon form. They have animal bodies and faces or human-like bodies with demonic facial features. Some also have wings that, according to mythology, can only glide, not fly. All of this is a mirror of evil.

When the evil comes, it sees something so gruesome for itself, as if it were looking in the mirror, that it disappears again - that is the idea behind it.

The demon figures also symbolize the influence of the devil on the earthly world, which stands in absolute contrast to the purity of the heavenly realm. That's what the saints tell about.

Defense also in the church

You can also find depictions of demons on the capitals, the ends of the columns, on the choir stalls or as the base of candlesticks. There are also saints, like Saint Catherine. Good triumphs over evil, if shooing away has not worked.