Gargoyle, Courtyard of the Casa de las Conchas (Salamanca Public Library), Salamanca, Spain. Photo by William Avery Hudson via flickr.
Gargoyle, Courtyard of the Casa de las Conchas (Salamanca Public Library), Salamanca, Spain. Photo by William Avery Hudson via flickr.

This little winged fellow looks like he’s absolutely thrilled with his view from the roofline of the Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca, Spain. This late-fifteenth and early sixteenth-century building is named for its numerous shell-shaped decorations (concha is the Spanish word for shell) – symbols of the Spanish chivalric Order of Santiago de Compostela. The building is now a library.

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