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Fascinated by Doors

Posted on: January 13, 2023

I have always been fascinated by doors. Is it the mystery of what lies behind them or the curiosity of who has entered them in the past? Wherever I travel I tend to take pictures of doors. The older the better.

Dan Antion over at https://nofacilities.com/ runs a series called Thursday Doors. This is what he has to say:

Welcome to Thursday Doors! This is a weekly challenge for people who love doors and architecture to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos, drawings, or other images or stories from around the world. If you’d like to join us, simply create your own Thursday Doors post each (or any) week and then share a link to your post in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Dan also writes some wonderful books https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BC23MDLV you might want to check out.

I decided to join this challenge and share some of the door pictures I’ve collected over the years. I’ll start today with some doors I’ve discovered while exploring a place near us here in Spain. Let me know what you think of them.

I captured these doors in an amazing place called Guadelest. Oh, the stories these doors could tell if they could talk!

So many stories this door could tell.

Guadelest Castle. Some doors are harder to reach than others.

I’m going to enjoy sharing my door pictures.

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91 Responses to "Fascinated by Doors"

That’s quite the climb to Guadelst Castle! Lovely photos!

I guess way back when it was a safe place to be in case of invasions. Thanks for visiting.

Cool place! 🙂 have a peaceful and successful YEAR 2023! Bye. Kamila

Thanks, Kamila!! Happy 2023 to you as well.

I have had a fascination with architecture generally for about the past 10 years, ever since I “learned” to look up and not down as we walked through the old streets of Madrid, Rome, Budapest, Prague, Malaga, Syracuse, yada yada. But, focusing on a single aspect of an ancient building when there is so much to see and learn from a holistic perspective seems bizarre. I’ll shut up!

I look at everything too and learned a long time ago that you can see so much more by looking up. I love interesting buildings, whether they are grand and fancy or modest and humble and take in all aspects. I could also do posts on windows, roofs or walls, and I have done many posts showing entire edifices. But there is something about doors that gets my imagination going. Some have even shown up in my books!

A bit like a “shoe fetish” then 🤣🤣

And we will enjoy receiving your door pictures. Thanks you, Darlene.

Wow, Darlene! You chose some fabulous door photos to share!

Thanks, Jan. It’s amazing the variety of doors there if you pay attention.

I too am fascinated by doors, both real and imaginative. Emily Dickinson once said, “Not knowing when the dawn may come, I open every door.” 😀

I love that Emily Dickinson quote in so many ways! Thanks.

Wonderful photography Darlene. Guadelest must be a fascinating place to visit judging from your door photos.

It is amazing. A place I often take out-of-town guests. I discover something new every time I go there.

LOVE these photos, and there is nothing more fascinating than a “uniquely-placed” door!

Thanks, John. I especially like doors that don’t seem to go anywhere. I’m sure they are magical and open up to a special world.

You picked a group of winning doors, Darlene.

Thanks, Jacqui. A unique collection.

I love all the doors, Darlene, especially the one on the cliff.

I love that one too. Thanks, Denise.

Wonderful textures and character

Terrific doors, Darlene. Those in the first photo must be hundreds of years old.

I think they must be very old and would have so much to tell us.

I enjoy your door photos and your writing about them.

Thanks, Anne. I plan to share more of them.

Thanks so much for joining us, Darlene, and for the kind words about this challenge, blog and books. The doors you’ve shared are wonderful. I can only imagine the people that have passed through those entrances and the stories from both sides of those doors.

Thanks, Dan. This is a fun challenge and I’m determined to join it often this year. Glad you liked the doors I choose.

Fascinating! I wonder if there’s a way to trace how old the wood on those doors are? They look ancient.

I’m sure they are very old. Perhaps the next time I’m there, I’ll have a chat with the folks at the museum, they may have an idea.

I would love to enter everyone of those doors with you, Darlene. We are on an extraordinary journey.

That would be so much fun. LIfe is nothing, if not a great adventure. xo

These doors are fascinating, especially the one that looks like a door to nowhere. That castle must be really something in person! Is its location as high-up as it looks in the photos?

It is fascinating. From the info I have it is at an altitude of 590 meters (1,935 feet). It is very high up with a gorgeous view of the valley below. It was built as a safe place from invaders.

It looks as though it could serve that purpose very effectively!

I never appreciated how interesting doors are until I saw your post and that of others. There’s a lot of symbolism about doors, some of it more obvious than others. Of course, as a mystery writer, I always want to know what’s on the other side.

I think all writers want to know what is on the other side of a closed door. So much material!

You find a story everywhere you go! It amazes me the stories you write about and photograph. Love this post!

I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse but for me, everything I see has a potential story attached to it.

Wonderful images, Darlene I too love doors…I bet the door to nowhere could tell some tales…:)

I’m sure it could!!

I’m so glad you joined in the challenge, Darlene. Beautiful doors and amazing photos!

Thank you, Diana. I love taking pictures of doors and am so glad I joined the challenge so I can share them.

What an extraordinary place Darlene. Thanks for this tour. Hugs.

Thanks, Teagan. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. This is an amazing place.

Hi Darlene, thank you for sharing these great pictures. They really have so much character.

Thank you, Robbie. I love the unique doors I have found in Spain.

Hi, Darlene – I always enjoy the Thursday Door Challenge posts. Your additions are beautiful!

Fabulous photos. It’s true…. WHERE can that/any door take us?

I know, it/they could take us anywhere, even to Narnia.

LOL – yes, or like the train in Harry Potter when they go through the wall. Love that idea!

I have noticed that many people are fascinated by doors. Your photos show how fine they can be~

Thanks, doors are popular subjects for many travellers

I love old doors as well. It looks like a significant climb to the one at the castle. There must be a second way up. 😊

Yes, I climbed up some stairs and took this picture of the back of the castle. I loved this view though.

Love doors also home and abroad. They make such stunning pictures. Have two framed

They make great souvenirs from a trip. I have a couple framed as well. Thanks for the visit.

Those are awesome photos! I love doors, too, especially “secret doors” like a bookshelf that spins around to become a door, etc. That has always intrigued me! Stopped by from Esme Salon.

Always great to hear from another door lover. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting!

I’ve been following Dan’s Thursday Doors for a few years as I love architecture and architectural features. Having said that, I can truly say I have never seen doors like the ones you have shared. Oh the stories they could tell!! Awesome share Darlene!!

Thanks, Kirt. I was excited to find these doors.

Again, so unique!! Love them!!

Awesome, Darlene – I love all of these

I thought you would. xo

Wow, those ancient doors! And the people who worked to build them on such perilously high places!

I often think about that as well. Thanks for the comment!

What a lovely collection of pictures. Who knew doors could come in such different styles and designs, and each with their own story I’m sure. Now if only there was a magic key to open them all up!

I like the idea of a magic key. Maybe our imagination will have to do. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

What a brilliant first Thursday Doors post. Welcome, Darlene! I love the first photo of that magnificent door and the last one with the view. To many more doors!

Thanks, Manja. I’m pleased you liked my door pictures. More to come.

Please, don’t forget to leave the link to your post in a comment under Dan’s new post from today, and replace his last week’s link in your post with the new one. Thanks!

I love that little door that’s high up. I wonder why it’s there?

Me too. But we could make up all kinds of stories about why.

Wow.How do you build a castle up there?! Nice doors.

It must have been quite a feat! But it certainly would be safe from invaders.

I love doors and these are glorious, Darlene. So much history in these doors. I also like the possibility of heat and sunshine out the curved door with the palm trees!

I like that view as well. I’m glad I could bring you some heat and sunshine even if only in a photo. How is the weather where you are right now?

Weird. No snow. Freezing rain. Give me snow!

Freezing rain is not fun. xo

I love these ancient doors, Darlene. And, I really enjoy Dan’s Thursday’s Doors posts. Yes, the stories they could tell!

Thanks, Jennie. I’m so glad I joined Thursday Doors and plan to post often this year.

I’m so glad you joined! I have followed Thursday Doors since Norm hosted the blog. Dan was a a big contributor, and when Norm retired he passed the baton to Dan. I look forward to your posts, Darlene.

You’re in a great place to find old doors, Darlene. Like others, I wonder about that one that opens onto nothing! It reminds me of a story by H.P. Lovecraft, called “The Strange High House in the Mist,” which has just that sort of door.
I’m looking forward to more door posts!

There are so many fascinating doors around here. Glad you enjoyed these.

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