Thursday Doors: From the Islands to The Highlands of the World

Today’s post focuses on doors, doors from all over the world, spanning from the islands of Bali to the highlands of the Himalayas. Join us in a look through a variety of cultures and experience the history of the world through its architecture.

GREECE

Vividly blue-painted doors are common throughout Greece (this was taken in Santorini)
This calm-blue door is eye-pleasing (Santorini)
This red wooden door opens up to the amazing view of the Aegean Sea – the well-known Santorini View.
The famous Santorini View, through the door of the Metropolis Str restaurant
Love the combination of the red and white on this hotel in Mykonos
Such a lovely entrance on this building in Mykonos
Charming color on the doors of this seaside church in Santorini
Klima, Milos – The most colorful fishing village in Greece
Whitewashed boat houses and old brightly-colored doors line the waterfront in this fishing village of Klima, Milos
Small lighthouse off the shore of the Aegean Sea on the island of Milos
A coastal church in Klima, Milos
The Palace of Minos at Knossos on Crete – “Europe’s Oldest City”. Settlements as early as the Neolithic period.
Big red wooden door part of a building along The Byzantine Wall of Chania on the island of Crete
Several buildings on the old streets near The Byzantine Wall of Chania on the island of Crete
Doors (and building) in desperate need of repair in Crete
Front of an Byzantine Orthodox Greek church in Athens
Back of the Byzantine Orthodox Greek church In Athens
The doors to a church in south-central Greece
Doors inside The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron in the famous and incredible Meteora

BALI

Really enjoyed the elephants that guard this temple door in Ubud
Most doors in Bali are lavishly decorated with bright colors, usually always gold
Tirta Emupl
An extravagant temple door
Grandiose door in Bali
Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Palace)
The historic palace behind this door was home to the former King of Ubud, Bali in the early 1900’s
Goa Gajah
A stone-carved sanctuary built in the 9th century in Bali

HIMALAYAS, NEPAL

Brightly-hued doors at a teahouse in the mountains
Loving the blue and white door at this teahouse, and the view behind the doors? WOW.
Doors to Khumjung Edmund Hillary School – A school situated at an elevation of 3970 meters (13,025 feet) in the Himalayas
Abandoned old cottage along the Everest Base Camp Trek

CROATIA

Klis Fortress in Dubrovnik – View from the doors of an old fortress widely known as Game of Thrones “The City of Meereen”
Doors along Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik – famously known for where Game of Thrones “Red Keep” scenes were shot
The Old Synagogue in Dubrovnik is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe
The Door of the Split Cathedral (Vratnice Splitske Katedrale). This wooden Romanesque replica of a door from the 13th century (around 1214).
Svetog Dominika (Saint Dominic) Street in Dubrovnik – Various scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed just outside this monastery

THAILAND

Wat Pho in Bangkok – Buddhist temple complex
Wat Arun – Buddhist temple in Bangkok
A guarded doorway at Wat Pho in Bangkok

PORTUGAL

The Pena National Palace
All of the entrances to the buildings within the castle are shaped beautifully
One of the many doorway spires at the Pena Castle
Sala da Caça (The Hunting Room)- Doors to the grandest room in the house within Quinta de Regalia near Lisbon
A wooden door of the chapel of the Quinta de Regalia
Chapel of the Quinta da Ragaleira
Carmo and Carmelitas Churches (Igreja do Carmo)– These Baroque churches in Porto are connected by a house
Carmo Church (18th century) – This side door is surrounded by traditional “azulejos” blue and white tiles
A door to Ingress de Trindade Church in Porto (1841)
The Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, an 18th-century church in Porto
Saint Benedict Railway Station (Porto São Bento) in Porto (20th-century)
The Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto) – This cathedral is the most important (and biggest) religious building in Porto. This magnificent cathedral was originally built between the 12th and 13th centuries and sits on the highest part of town.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy (Capela de Nossa Senhora da Piedade) along the banks of the Duoro River in Porto
(Palace Duques de Bragança) – The Palace of the Dukes of Braganza is a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza which was first built in 1401 
The Igreja Misericórdia is a church located in Braga. It was originally built in 1562 and is considered the most important legacy of the Renaissance period in the city.
How is this for a door to a public library in Braga?
The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount) is a Portuguese Catholic shrine in Braga
 The highly ornate monastery of The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos – Built by King Manuel I in 1502
Museu Arqueológico do Carmo (Carmo Archaeological Museum – A small archaeological museum. The ruins of this gothic church are reminders of the devastating earthquake of 1755 in Lisbon.
Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha – Old Church of Our Lady of the Conception in Lisbon; dated from the 16th century

AUSTRIA

Kreuzenstein Castle dating back to the 12th century
One of the doors within Kreuzenstein Castle
Café Frauenhuber in Vienna
Through these wooden doors is where Mozart and Beethoven once played

GERMANY

Sanssouci is a historical building in Potsdam (1745)
Reconstructed front section of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon in The Pergamon Museum of Berlin

BUDAPEST

The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe

NORWAY

Basic doors with a not-so basic view. Cabins with pink and blue doors located at the top of Hågåsen at the island Hidra outside Flekkefjord. (You can rent the pink cabin).
“The Houses Under the Rock”; 200-year-old houses

NEW ZEALAND

Matamata on set of Lord of the Rings –
The most iconic door (Hobbit Hole) of them – Bilbo and Frodo’s home
All the doors in Hobbiton are brightly colored and have pretty flowers surrounding them
Matamata –
Doors in Hobbiton
The Chinese Scholars Garden (Hamilton Gardens) –
These doors gave a real feeling of a Zen Garden
The Italian Renaissance Gardens (Hamilton Gardens) –
This eye-pleasing doorway is brightly covered in flowers

CZECH REPUBLIC

Rudolfinum – One of Prague’s most valuable architectural monuments, built in the 19th century
Two doors of the central gate of the Main Portal of St Vitus Cathedral of Prague, a Gothic Roman catholic cathedral founded 1344
Bronze door at St. Vitus Cathedral (largest church in Prague)
A shop located on the famous Prague’s Golden Lane: a picturesque street of colorful houses inside the grounds of the city’s castle
The doorway of the Sedlec Ossuary, the Bone Church is a Roman Catholic chapel which contains over 40,000 bones
A Prague church that defied Nazi rule. The famous church of Cathedral Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral houses a memorial to the paratroopers who hid in this church crypt after the killing of Heydrich (one of the main architects of the Holocaust). The act of these paratroopers was known to be one of the greatest acts of wartime resistance in occupied Europe. This Baroque church originated from the 16th century.

GUATEMALA

Door at the Famous Yoga Forest in Lake Atitlán

NICARAGUA

CHAPEL MARIA AUXILIADORA in Granada-
Towering church with unique blue and white trimmed façade with a wooden door

Follow our leader, Dan, to see doors from all over the world, or add your doors too, look HERE!

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26 Comments

  1. Wow! These are all such lovely doors. I was trying to keep track of a favorite, but I lost track. I love the open red door with the beautiful view behind it. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful sights with us for Thursday Doors.

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    1. Thanks so much Dan, you never really realize how many amazing doors you walk past during your travels until you create a piece of work about them! 🤗 Thanks for the 🚪 talk!🙂

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  2. You have been to some fabulous places and taken some great photos. I’ve been to some of those places and the others I’d like to go to. My son was married in Santorini so those photos brought back happy memories.

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  3. Wow what beautiful photos, must have taken you ages to formulate these. Although kind of makes me sad looking at some, that’s it’s going to be a while before I see them in real life.

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    1. Thank you so much Alison, I was so consumed with all these beautiful and incredible doors I couldn’t stop. Hours later, I was in too deep. haha You got that right. Well, I hope things get better so you can continue your travels and see this beautiful world.

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  4. Oh my, you have seen plenty. Just marvellous, all of it, and impossible to choose the favourite. The doors of Greece and Portugal are closest to my heart. Looking forward to more doors. I have just noticed that it’s my 6th anniversary of posting doors on Thursdays.

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