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Washington National Cathedral: 112 Gargoyles


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Wendy True Gasch at the Cathedral's 100th anniversary celebration
Wendy is the author of "Guide to Gargoyles and Other Grotesques" -- the source of the name & numbering system we're using.
Wendy's is one of several highly recommended Cathedral-related books.
Area 1. North Nave Area
The "nave" of a cathedral is the area from the main entrance to the altar. At the National Cathedral, the nave extends from west to east.
Above the 1st row of windows from left to right (east to west)
African Dog (21)

Ram-like (18)

Sleek Dragon (15)

Master Carver (12)

American Rattlesnake (9)

Above the 2nd row of windows from left to right (east to west)
Rabbit (20)

Fierce Fish (19)

Iguana (17)

Feline Eagle (16)

Rhinoceros-like (14)

Sage Owl (13)

Angelic Grandson (11)

Mischievious Grandson (10)

The Ugliest Monster (8)

Horned Fish (7)

Wisconsin Badger (6)

Flower Dog (5)

Wide-eyed (2)


Hippie (1)


Catty Aide (4)
below Wide-eyed

Lawyer (3)
below Hippy



Area 2: East (rear) face of Northwest Tower
Above the 2nd row of windows from inside to outside (south to north)
Pretentious Dragon (107)

Upside-down (106)

Slightly above Hippy & Wide-eyed
Level with the roof of the nave from inside to outside (south to north)
Caterpillar (97)

Wolf (96)

Harpy (95)

Poodle (94)

angled across the cathedral to the SE
NOT VISIBLE FROM THE GROUND
facing east
Level with the roof of the NW tower, on the far corner angled across the cathedral to the SE
Humanoid Griffin (88)



Area 3: North Face of the Northwest Tower
Above the 2nd level of windows from left to right (east to west)
Thief (105)
Rabbit/Snake (104)
Curly Locks (103)
Pig (112)
Administrator* (111)
Huge Ears* (110)
Level with the roof of the nave from left to right (east to west)
Crooked Politician (93)
Bird-like (92)
Rooster-like (91)
Snarling Dragon (102)
Tusks* (101)
Top-wings* (100)
Level with the roof of the tower from left to right (east to west)
Mother & Child (87)

Humanoid Dragon* (90)

* also listed with west face of NW tower


Area 4: West Face (main entrance side) of the Northwest Tower
Above the 2nd level of windows from left to right (north to south)
Administrator* (111)
Huge Ears* (110)
Pan (109)
Gluttony (108)
Level with the roof of the nave from left to right (north to south)
Tusks* (101)
Top-wings* (100)
Hands (99)
Dentist (98)
Level with the roof of the tower from left to right (north to south)
Humanoid Dragon* (90)

Caveman (89)

* also listed with north face of NW tower


Area 5: West Face (main entrance side) of the Southwest Tower
Above the 2nd level of windows from left to right (north to south)
Missouri Bear (86)
Birdwatcher (85)

Balancing Act* (84)

Devilish Gardener* (83)

Level with the roof of the nave from left to right (north to south)
Stabber (76)


Grabber (75)


Dolphin* (74)

Kiddo* (73)

Level with the roof of the tower from left to right (north to south)
Horse Skeleton (64)


Medusa* (63)

* also listed with south face of SW tower


Area 6: South Face of the Southwest Tower
Above the 2nd level of windows from left to right (west to east)
Balancing Act* (84)

Devilish Gardener* (83)

Endearing Artist (82)

Woman Unmasked (81)

Candid Cameraman (80)

Rooster Under Attack (79)

Level with the roof of the nave from left to right (west to east)
Dolphin* (74)

Kiddo* (73)

Artist (72)

Fisher (71)

Frog-like (70)

Pure Fantasy (69)

Level with the roof of the tower from left to right (west to east)
Medusa* (63)

Minotaur (62)

* also listed with west face of SW tower


Area 7: East (rear) face of Southwest Tower
Above the 2nd row of windows from inside to outside (north to south)
Weeping Sea Turtle (77)

Businessman (aka The Yuppie) (78)

Level with the roof of the nave from inside to outside (north to south)
Bat (65)

Seal (66)

Egg (67)

Fat Fingers (68)

angled across the cathedral to the NE
NOT VISIBLE FROM THE GROUND

Level with the roof of the SW tower, on the far corner angled across the cathedral to the NE
Fallen Angel (61)



Area 8: South Nave
The "nave" of a cathedral is the area from the main entrance to the altar. At the National Cathedral, the nave extends from west to east.
Above the 1st row of windows from left to right (east to west)
Downgazing Dragon (56)

Baggy-eyed Dragon (55)

Wild Boar (52)

Feline Dragon (49)

Evil Too (46)

Dragon Lion (43)

Bellyache (42)

Alligator (39)

Frog (36)

Above the 2nd row of windows from left to right (east to west)
The Siblings (58-57)

Bishop (60)
below Siblings

Molar (59)
below Siblings

Transposed Griffin (54)


Percheron (53)


Mother Cat (51)

Avian Gardener (50)

Army Mule (48)

Happy Face (47)

Guard Dog (45)

Belled Cat (44)

Becombed Dragon (41)

Daisy Petals (40)

Goat (38)

Decay (37)

Unicorn (35)


Bovine Dragon (34)


Avian Lioness* (33)
faces west

*Note: Avian Lioness (33) is on the west side of the south transept.


Area 9: South Transept
In a cross-shaped cathedral, the "transept" is the part forming the cross (i.e. it's perpendicular to the nave). Here the transept extends from north to south.
Below rose window from left to right (west to east)
Avian Lioness* (33)
visible from nave area

Bewildered Fish (28)
below rose window

Fish-like (27)
below rose window

Avian Grouper (22)
faces east

On the tower above the rose window from left to right (west to east)
Flat-nosed Humanoid (32)
faces west

Bat-like (31)
faces west

Triple-Headed Dog (30)


Evil Engaged (29)

Monster Mama (26)


Pensive Humanoid (25)


Bearded Bulldog (24)
faces east

Evil One (23)
faces east


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