This week's PhotoHunt theme is "scary"
This stone face is in Venice on the church of Santa Maria Formosa, over the entrance to the bell tower. It’s meant to be scary although these days, most people just find it funky and interesting.
But back in the Middle Ages, people believed that church bell towers were particularly vulnerable to invasion by evil spirits (maybe because the towers were often getting struck by lightning or falling down). So a tradition began of putting some kind of protective sculptural image on the towers.
Some bell towers have benevolent images like saints or angels, but others, like this one, have grotesque images designed to frighten the demons away.
In the photo on the left, you can see it over the door. On the right, the beautiful tower that it’s been protecting for over 300 years.
Happy weekend and have a nice Halloween next week!