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The mystery of why there’s an “alien” gargoyle on a 12th-century

The mystery of why there’s an “alien” gargoyle on a 12th-century scottish abbey may have been solved

For years now, any sci-fi film buffs who have visited Paisley Abbey in Scotland may have been startled by an unnervingly familiar sight. There is something uncanny about a stone gargoyle on the structure’s lofty heights.

One of the decorative carvings on the centuries-old building’s exterior bears a striking resemblance to an all-too-
recognizable movie monster. The place of worship has become a place of pilgrimage and wonder for Ridley Scott fans. But now, the mystery of the Alien gargoyle looks to have been resolved once and for all.

“A stonemason restored decaying gargoyles on an old church in 1991 and (probably got fuckin high and) decided it would be fun to put a xenomorph as a gargoyle on the church.”