In architecture, a gargoyle – is carved in stone grotesque, usually made of granite. Their primary function – water runoff from roofs, so that rain water does not drip down on the stone walls and corrosive solutions. Most often, the architects used a few gargoyles on one building to separate the flow of water from the roof and to minimize the potential threat of destruction after thunderstorms. Usually gargoyles – is oblong fantastic animals, as length of the gargoyle determines how far the water will go from the walls of the building. Grotest – this sculpture, which serves only a decorative ornament. It used to be that the gargoyles and grotesques scare away evil spirits and protect the building. We bring you the 40 most interesting and beautiful gargoyles and grotesques in the world.