Contrary to popular belief, Gargoyles are not placed on churches and other buildings to ward off evil spirits. What is their true purpose?

Answer: To act as ‘drainpipes’. Their purpose is to convey water from a roof and away from a building, preventing rainwater from running down the walls and causing erosion.

Source: Holy Terrors – Gargoyles on Medieval Buildings by Janetta Rebold Benton

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