15 February 1973, Switzerland
Gargoyle, Berne Cathedral
Roman Capital, Jean-Baptiste Church, Grandson
design: H. Hartmann
engrave: A Yersin
There are Chinese origin dragons and European mythical dragons. European dragons have wings, as well as a long beak with sharp teeth – often their mouths are wide open and spitting fire. I think the top one is a dragon head ( with a crown and fancy lace ) gargoyle.
I enjoy spotting creatures that live on architecture in European cities and towns. A Gargoyle is a carved stone figure with a spout designed to convey water from a roof. They are often imaginary creatures or angry faced humans – grotesque. If you want to break into a church at night, they will scare you off for sure.
The second stamp shows a capital in the Church of Sain-Jean-Baptiste in Grandson, Saint Michael is killing a dragon with a spear.