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Tucked away in a beautiful medieval town of Bomarzo, approximately 60 miles north of Rome, lies one of the most fascinating gardens in the world. The Garden of Monsters, as it is called, is a garden filled with many bizarre mythical creatures made out of stone. Scattered over several acres are some massive stone sculptures depicting an elephant tearing his foe in half, a nymphs with butterfly wings, gigantic fish-head with a gaping mouth, horse with wings, and so much more!

Tucked away in a beautiful medieval town of Bomarzo, approximately 60 miles north of Rome, lies one of the most fascinating gardens in the world. The Garden of Monsters, as it is called, is a garden filled with many bizarre mythical creatures made out of stone. Scattered over several acres are some massive stone sculptures depicting an elephant tearing his foe in half, a nymphs with butterfly wings, gigantic fish-head with a gaping mouth, horse with wings, and so much more!

Hobert Robert, The Cascade in the Gardens of the Teatro dell Acqua behind the Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati

Hobert Robert, The Cascade in the Gardens of the Teatro dell Acqua behind the Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati

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Shayne Greco  The lines in the shape of the octopus' tentacles suggest movement.

Shayne Greco The lines in the shape of the octopus' tentacles suggest movement.

Omersa Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Whale Sculpture | From a unique collection of antique and modern animal sculptures at https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/animal-sculptures/

Omersa Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Whale Sculpture | From a unique collection of antique and modern animal sculptures at https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/animal-sculptures/

Netsuke octopus. Netsuke (根付?) are miniature sculptures from 17th-century Japan used as a button or toggle. The Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Small containers (called sagemono - a 17th century manbag) hung by cords from their kimonos' sash. The fastener that held the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke...like hanging pikachu from yr cellphone. Gorgeous detail.

Netsuke octopus. Netsuke (根付?) are miniature sculptures from 17th-century Japan used as a button or toggle. The Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Small containers (called sagemono - a 17th century manbag) hung by cords from their kimonos' sash. The fastener that held the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke...like hanging pikachu from yr cellphone. Gorgeous detail.

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Philadelphia_Museum_of_Art_-_Gargoyle.jpg 1,939×2,009 pixels

Gargoyle down spout:Schloss Blois, Wasserspeier an der Fassade des Flügels Ludwigs XII.

Gargoyle down spout:Schloss Blois, Wasserspeier an der Fassade des Flügels Ludwigs XII.

Eric Zambeaux - Hippocampe

Eric Zambeaux - Hippocampe

Gargoyle down spout:Schloss Blois, Wasserspeier an der Fassade des Flügels Ludwigs XII.

Gargoyle down spout:Schloss Blois, Wasserspeier an der Fassade des Flügels Ludwigs XII.