- Website: gargoylestatuary.com
- Phone: (206) 632-4940
- Address: 4550 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105 - Map
Welcome to Gargoyles Statuary Seattle's source for Gargoyles and Gothic Statuary. We have tried to preserve some of the atmosphere of our Seattle location with our site. Explore, enjoy, and check back for updates and new features.
The word gargoyle is derived from the old French 'gargouille' meaning throat. Gargoyles came into gothic architecture in the early 13th century to keep corrosive rain water off the cathedrals in France and western Europe. During that time, the Catholic Church was attempting to bring lots of Celtic pagan folks into the fold. Since pagan themes and deities had a powerful history with the people, the Church deemed it necessary to use the often coarse imagery to help make the transition into a new religion more palatable.
Also, many people were illiterate, so images were a great way to convey Church doctrines. As medieval stone masons received more creative license, gargoyles metamorphosed in form into elaborate statuary. The gargoyles found here are replicas and creative interpretations of carvings that can still be found high up on ceilings and naves, hidden in dark crypts and chapels, or adorning the outside of the cathedrals some so worn from the elements that they are barely recognizable.