G is for Gargoyle from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.
Gargoyles are essentially stone drainpipes designed to take the water fromthe roofs of medieval buildings away from the walls. The name comes from the old French word "gargouille" meaning throat or gullet. The stone masons liked to make their work as fanciful as possible and enjoyed carving the most grotesque gargoyles they possibly could. Some were even made in the image of their bosses or disliked members of the clergy!!
They were also believed to keep evil spirits away from the churches and cathedrals by frightening them away.
Some of the most famous gargoyles are found on the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and here are some I met when I was there: