Gargoyles on the Cathedral of Quito, Ecuador. Photo by Delphine Ménard (notafish) via Wikimedia commons.

You guys should know by now that I love non-European gargoyles, particularly when they take forms distinctly different from what we’re used to seeing. These Ecuadorean gargoyles representing local wildlife certainly fit that bill. Above, we can see several species of bird gargoyles, and below are some other creatures including a pair of alligators. This post on includes some wonderful photographs of other critters including tortoises and armadillos. A few more cool photos can be found in this article from as well.

Alligator gargoyles on the Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito. By Maros M r a z (Maros) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons.
There are two main churches in Quito – La Catedral and La Basilica del Voto Nacional. Unfortunately, sources don’t agree on which church the top-most image comes from, but the others are definitely from La Basilica del  Voto Nacional.