I love doors and have taken photos of doors from all over the world!
“We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
– Walt Disney
Every door gives rise to a new adventure. Do you take a look and wonder what lies behind? Do you have the courage to open and see for yourself or are you content with just passing by? I find doors incredibly fascinating and find myself photographing the many doors I encounter around the world.
Wood doors are sturdy and the most common. However, this does not make them dull. Many different types of wood in the world give way to many different types of wood doors. From the unique grain to the variety of stains, the possibilities are endless. Different designs can also be incorporated into wood doors, such as carvings, panels, geometry, and fresh paint.
My favorite door hardware is the door knockers. They are so fun and are not very abundant so when I spot one, I have to check it out! Door knockers can vary from a simple ring to an animal to an intricate design. I’ve also scoured doors around the world for beautiful handles, striking hinges, and the occasional mail drop.
Famous Doors Around the World
Columbus Doors – Right in our own community are the Columbus doors at the US Capitol building in Washington DC. These doors are made of bronze with different scenes from the life of Christopher Columbus.
Holy Door – The Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica is only opened during a holy year which occur every 25 years. St. Peter’s Basilica website states, “On the first day of the Holy Year the Pope strikes the brick wall with a hammer, and so opens the door to let in the pilgrims who come to make the most of the indulgence. It will be closed by the Pope himself at the end of the Holy Year. The Holy Door represents Jesus, the Good Shepherd and the gate of the sheep pen: ‘I am the gate. Whoever enters through me, will be safe. He will go in and out, and find pasture’ (Jn 10:9).”
Portal of the Last Judgment – Located at the main entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral is the Portal of the Last Judgment. Honestly, all three doors located on the west facade are brilliant with their carvings depicting the Virgin Mary, astrological calendar, Christ, the apostles, resurrection of the dead, and judgment day. Above the three doors are 28 statues of the Kings of Israel.
The Golden Gates of Dar El Makhzen – Although you are not allowed to enter the Royal Palace of Fez, you most certainly can admire its seven opulent golden gates.
May your adventures lead you through new doors and take you back through your favorites! Please share any door photos or special doors that have brought meaning to you, I would love to hear about and see them.