Question: Why does Notre Dame have gargoyles?

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.

Are there gargoyles on Notre Dame?

The gargoyles and other chimeras are an essential part of the history of the cathedral, and a key aspect of the site. 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.

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