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Octopus gargoyle at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC. Photo by Victoria Pickering (flickr).

Octopus gargoyle at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC. Photo by Victoria Pickering (flickr).

Château de Pierrefonds castle | See More Pictures | #SeeMorePictures

Château de Pierrefonds castle | See More Pictures | #SeeMorePictures

Grotesques are often confused with gargoyles, but the distinction is that gargoyles are figures that contain a water spout through the mouth, while grotesques do not. This type of sculpture is also called a chimera.

Grotesques are often confused with gargoyles, but the distinction is that gargoyles are figures that contain a water spout through the mouth, while grotesques do not. This type of sculpture is also called a chimera.

Angry gargoyle at the Palaçio de Pena, Sintra, Portugal

Angry gargoyle at the Palaçio de Pena, Sintra, Portugal