History facts :1 Gargoyles date back to pre-Christian times. One of the earliest examples of gargoyles is a set of lion-shaped water spouts built into the side of the temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Ancient Egyptian architecture also boasts gargoyles, most of these also shaped as lions. Gargoyles are never mentioned in the Bible.
2 The sculpting of the functional gargoyle became especially popular in the Gothic building boom across Europe, so gargoyles have come to be associated with this architectural era. French architect Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) extended this association to Gothic-Revival as he creatively restored the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral with many of the famous gargoyles and "grotesques" seen today.
Architecture :a grotesque carved human or animal face or figure projecting from the gutter of a building, typically acting as a spout to carry water clear of a wall.