Monday, June 13, 2011

When is an elephant not an elephant ?



When it’s a chimera.

This one is perched on the top of Notre Dame church in Paris . In architecture a Chimera is a fantastic, mythical or grotesque figure used for decoration. I think that he looks a lot friendlier than a gargoyle.

5 comments:

Dirty Butter said...

It would be interesting to see all the "gargoyles" on Notre Dame.

Anji said...

DB: If you look at Disney's version of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', you'll see them. Not sure that I kept any of the others as they are very common postcards - I loved the elephant.

ZELMARQ said...

i love it, its a thin looking elephant...

A Lady's Life said...

I think so too. I am not sure why they would want gargoyles. They look like they are no one friend.

Anji said...

Zelmarq: It is thin, perhaps the person who carved it had never seen a real one!

A Lady's Life: The gargoyles were to frighten off the evil spirits. I think they probably frightened everyone off

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