"Gargoyles, grotesques and attic" Top 5 Page for this destination Biltmore Estate Tip by matcrazy1

Biltmore Estate, Asheville: 77 reviews and 216 photos

  GARGOYLE, THE BILTMORE HOUSE, ASHEVILLE
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If you want to see numerous, funny gargoyles and bizarre grotesques better go to visit the National Cathedral in Cleveland Park, Washington, DC. I managed to find only a few gargoyles on the exterior of the Biltmore House staircase (left to the main entrance). I didn't find any grotesque though. Well, it's a very elegant residence for serious people, right? :-)

Instead of grotesques the Front Tower of the Biltmore House ends with
beautiful attic in typical cirle, geometrical pattern. The same or very similar, openwork construction patterns form ballustrades of the numerous terraces and verandahs around the Biltmore House. See my pictures 2-5. Are they typical for French Renaissance ?




GARGOYLE VERSUS GROTESQUE
Gargoyle is a waterspout, usually in the form of an ugly creature, sticking out from the gutter of a building. I wonder whether you know how it's called in your native language (if it's not English). I didn't know the Polish name but now I know that it derives from unpleasant word vomitting :-).

Grotesques are often confused with gargoyles. But these strange, fantastic, ugly or bizarre stone carvings are not born from the general form of a water spout. Rather, they may take any number of upright positions.



Address: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC 28803
Directions: The Biltmore House is in the middle of the Biltmore Estate (map here). Details in my last transportation tip here
othercontact: +1 (828) 225-1600
Phone: +1 (800) 624-1575
Website: http://www.biltmore.com/explore/house/virtualtour.shtml

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2007
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