Stephansdom Gargoyles

The Stephansdom in Vienna, Austria

The Stephansdom or St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria has several gargoyles built into its design. The St. Stephens Cathedral was founded in 1137 and its construction as a Gothic and Romanesque style church continued for several centuries, which included building a new, larger church round the original one and then removing the original church inside, during the 15 th. century.

A classical gargoyle on the Stephansdom in Vienna Austria

The gargoyles symbolize the eternal struggle between good and bad, man against lions, dragons and dogs and are a way to remind the illiterate medieval churchgoers of what they are up against and the importance of religion on their lives. They have a choice between the church or the bad and evil creatures and monsters outside the church.

A traditional gargoyle as a mythological creature

A man with a gaping mouth as gargoyle on the Stephansdom in Vienna

A gargoyle in the shape of a man holding a jug, from which the rain water spills out

A rather rural gargoyle in the shape of a cow, with water spouting from its mouth when it rains

A gargoyle in the shape of a dog on the Stephansdom in Vienna Austria

 

Gargoyles from the Nidaros Dom in Trondheim, Norway

 


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