'Alien' gargoyle on ancient abbey


A gargoyle on an historic 13th century abbey has caused a social media sensation with its resemblance to the monster from the Alien films. Reverend Alan Birss, minister at Paisley Abbey, said most of the gargoyles were replaced during a refurbishment in the early 1990s. He thinks that one of the stonemasons must have been having a bit of fun.

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Gargoyles are decorative devices designed to take rainwater away from the building without the use of downpipes, the water is directed away ensuring that it doesn’t run down the walls, causing dampness. I use the word “decorative” very loosely here because there are thousands if not millions of designs, from ordinary human ones to mythical creatures such as griffins & dragons and as you can see from the photograph below also a Gargoyle sculpted by a German Stonemason in the early 80′s which is the exactly like the Alien from the aforementioned film.

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