Notre Dame Gargoyle

Gargoyle: gar·​goyle | \ ˈgär-ˌgȯi(-ə)l – (noun):

  1. a spout in the form of a grotesque human or animal figure projecting from a roof gutter to throw rainwater clear of a building
  2. a grotesquely carved figure
    Merriam Webster Dictionary

This poor Gargoyle stood watch for centuries overlooking Paris from Notre Dame, and I sincerely hope he survived the fires that collapsed the roof of the Cathedral in 2019.

I took this image on one of the first trips to Europe with my wife back in 2013 with my first DSLR of any quality. There is something ominous about these Gargoyles, decorative water spouts, guardians of the building, and fascinating art all rolled in one. I hope the Cathedral’s rebuilding and renovation brings these back to the life they deserve.

There is something special about any object, especially works of art, that stand guard over a city like Paris for centuries, the events and history they oversaw, the ups and downs of a society, and the changes in our world over the ages. If you are able and want to donate the French Government has a write up on the organizations that you can help.

The gallery image was printed on 8×10 Polar Gloss Metallic paper and is $75 at the event.


  • Title: Notre Dame Gargoyle
  • Camera: NIKON D7000
  • Focal length: 58mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • Taken: 14 April, 2013

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