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A Gargoyle is a grotesque statue. It is carved out of stone, usually granite, and is used to get water away from a building, when it rains. Very often, figures have been made. These figures spew out the collected water. Most gargoyles were made a long time ago.
A long time ago people believed that they scared away evil spirits. Many cathedrals have gargoyles.
There are not very many gargoyles made today. Now, most houses can use gutters to move water. There are not a lot of gargoyles in America, as most of them are in Europe. Gargoyles are often confused with grotesques. Gargoyles are similar to grotesques but gargoyles get rid of rainwater throught their mouths.