Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gargoyles

Gargoyle, Cappella di Maria Immacolata, Mary Immaculate Chapel, LivornoThis is one of the only two gargoyles in town. Both belong to the “Cappella di Maria Immacolata” (Mary Immaculate Chapel), which is inside a private school run by the Mantellate Sisters.
Cappella di Maria Immacolata, Mary Immaculate Chapel, LivornoThe Neo-Romantic chapel by the Livornese Luigi Zumkeller was inaugurated in 1912. It was built with the intervention of sister Luisa Martelli, from a wealthy Florentine family.

17 comments:

Jacob said...

A rather unique building. I don't understand the fascination with gargoyles...must go back to the Middle Ages...are they to not only drain water but scare off the "evil" spirits?

Steffe said...

They can look scary, but I kinda like this gargoyle.

Kaori said...

This gargoyle actually looks quite normal compared to some of the other statues and carvings you've shown us! The building itself is beautiful, too ;D

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Wish my house had Gargoyals

B SQUARED said...

Only two gargoyles? And this is Italy? There should be a law requiring more.

Hilda said...

Like B Squared, I'm surprised there aren't more gargoyles in Livorno. But the chapel is beautiful!

Dina said...

I like the strong clean lines of these modern gargoyles.
Beautiful chapel they have to live on.

Cezar and Léia said...

They look scaring, while the chapel as a whole is very inviting!
God bless you!
Cezar

cieldequimper said...

I like scary gargoyles. I see you took the picture over the wall... :-)

brattcat said...

Love this shot of the gargoyle against that blue sky.

Ilse said...

Perfect sky. Very cute gargoyle.

Luis Gomez said...

I like this gargoyles. Pretty cool VP.

JM said...

Although it was built in 1912, the gargoyle itself already has a certain Deco look and that's very interesting.

Rob and Mandy said...

The gargoyle looks almost inca or maya, a frozen jaguar

Suzanne said...

It only takes two!!

joo said...

Another great subject!
At first I was sure they were much older.

tapirgal said...

Yes, the squarish gargoyles look Deco. I like them, and the building.