As you know my love for heritage doors and windows photos from around the world, so I am writing another post with many interesting, beautiful and heritage doors and windows around the world by famous travel bloggers and globetrotters. So let’s go for Heritage Virtual tours around the world and admire some stunning heritage and windows photos.
DOORS when kept closed, then they protect us from the evils of the world and when opened then they are bringing new opportunities in our lives and that is why they are the most vital part of any building, especially the front entrance door. It has been truly saying, “Behind every door is History here. It’s amazing.” By Drew Henson. Technically Doors are of many types and first of all, they are classified into one panel or two paneled types which are based on the number of panels. Then doors are classified into opening mechanism types like hinged doors, sliding doors, French doors, mead doors, Mead door, garden door, and the Dutch door.
WINDOWS – Another most important feature of the house from where you enjoy the outer world and its vibrancy by sitting in your comfort zone. That is why it has been correctly quoted: “ My favorite journey is looking out of the world” by Edward Gorey. Enjoy the adventures of life by looking out of your window in your comfort zone. Let’s take a Heritage Doors And Windows Photos – Virtual Heritage tour around the world.
ASIA | Heritage Doors And Windows Photos
WINDOWS FROM MUMBAI, INDIA
Windows of Art Deco Buildings in Mumbai – There are so many beautiful doors and windows across the world. Yet, the windows of the Art Deco buildings in Mumbai hold a special place in my heart. They are symmetric, picturesque, tropical, and inviting. In other words, simple enough to stir up a hundred emotions. Art Deco architecture heavily relies on geometric patterns and shapes. Zig-zags, squares, and chevrons are used abundantly. Colored bands are pretty common. And this is amply reflected in the windows of the deco buildings around the Oval Maidan in Mumbai.
However, Mumbai art deco windows are special because they have several tropical elements built into them. The windows here are wider and let in more sunlight and breeze. They are filled with tropical imagery such as waves, sun rays, birds, and plants. Unlike in other art deco destinations, windows in Mumbai are usually topped by a huge shelf called an eyebrow. One of the art deco buildings in Mumbai has so many eyebrows, it is often referred to as the Eyebrow Queen! As you take a walk down the Maharshi Karve Road in South Bombay, you will be greeted by several unique art deco windows in the buildings that line the sidewalk. Step a little closer and try to spot that small tropical bird or a faint ray of sunlight. And, do not forget to look out for the Eyebrow Queen.
Contributed by Soumya from Stories by Soumya
DOORS FROM VARANASI, INDIA
Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India is known for its temples, ghats (riverfronts) and many other things. While there are so many places to visit in Varanasi, I had not anticipated that I will come across some beautiful and colorful doors in the old city. The doors belong to the old houses that have been standing in the area for years. These can only be seen if you explore the alleys and lanes of Varanasi, especially, the lanes behind the ghats.
The most beautiful door that I had seen in Varanasi belongs to the small red temple located at Lalita Ghat. The temple made of terracotta, wood, and stones looks quite beautiful. The doors and windows are made of wood and have exquisite carvings on them. There are carvings of various deities on the doors as well as various geometric and floral patterns. It is believed that the temple is a replica of the Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. The King of Nepal Rana Bahadur Shah had taken shelter in Varanasi from 1800 to 1804. He had bought this land from the local king of Varanasi at that time and commissioned the construction of the temple. There is an interesting fact about the land on which the temple and its neighboring guest house stand. It is claimed by the managing body of the temple that the land still belongs to the government of Nepal! He claims to have papers proving the transfer of land by the ruler of Kashi to the Nepali King Rana Bahadur Shah.
Contributed by Amrita from Tales of 2 Backpackers blog
DOORS FROM NUSA PENIDA, BALI, INDONESIA
Besides its natural beauty, Bali has also much uniqueness, peculiar to its culture. Balinese Hinduism is very different from the Indian one, and so it’s its architecture, where religious, philosophical, and metaphysical meanings are embedded. Nusa Penida has a very important role in Balinese Hinduism, it’s indeed “the island of darkness” the nemesis of Bali, the place where the most chaotic Gods live.
The doors of Nusa Penida are masterpieces of art, similar to those of Bali but often with different motifs. The main material is mostly heavy teak wood (because of its legendary endurance), enriched by elaborated and contorted carvings depicting highly symbolic and detailed landscapes, mystical beasts, flora and fauna, gods and goddesses.
The investment of a household on a gateway and door are often disproportional to that family income in Nusa Penida. After all the door is the gate between two worlds. The carvings are so often lavishly painted in gold, with crimson, red, black and greens, inserts, enhancing the grandeur and splendid look of the entire gate structure. If you are lover beautiful and unique doors, then visiting Nusa Penida should be on your bucket list.
Contributed by Daniele & Elena from the Cycloscope blog.
GATE FROM BALI
Handara Gate is the icon of Bali and also an Instagram famous place attracting many visitors each day. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait in a queue to take a photo of it! So, what is the fuss all about you may wonder.
Handara Gate is a traditional, Balinese structure that resembles an entrance to a temple. Gates like this one have an important meaning in Indonesia and signify a passage from secular to the holy place. The gate is made of dark stone covered with moss surrounded by scenic mountains and lush greenery which make an epic backdrop for a perfect picture and is highly regarded by all photography lovers. You’ll be surprised to know that this impressive structure is not a temple but an entrance to a golf resort.
Handara Gate is located in the northern part of Bali about an hour’s drive from Ubud and 90 minutes from Kuta and Seminyak area. There is a small entrance fee which is less than $2.
Contributed by Mal Hellyer from Raw Mal Roams blog.
DOORS FROM MONGOLIA
Ger Door in Mongolia – This colorful red and blue wooden door serves as the entrance to a yurt, or “ger” as they are called in Mongolia. These round mobile homes are what Mongolia’s nomadic herders live in, moving from one place to another in search of grazing lands for their animals. Gers are also used as accommodation for tourists who want to experience traditional Mongolian life. This particular ger is part of a small tourist camp next to a remote lake in northern Mongolia that’s only visited by a few domestic tourists in the summer. After we’d been disappointed by the overdevelopment of Mongolia’s famous Khuvsgul Lake, our guide took us to this lesser-known lake near where her family is from.
Sleeping in a ger is a wonderful experience, but one of the hardest things to get used to is the size of the door. Standing in front of this one is the nine-year-old daughter of the family that runs the camp. You can see that even she can barely pass through the door without bending over! No matter how often your guide warns you, you’re sure to bump your head, back or shoulders a few times when entering and exiting through these doors.
Contributed by Wendy Werneth of The Nomadic Vegan blog.
AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST | Heritage Doors And Windows Photos
DOORS AND WINDOWS FROM MOROCCO
One of the most beautiful expressions of homes here in Morocco and especially the seaside city of Essaouira is the famous blue doors and windows of the city. Painted this gorgeous sky blue color, all of the portals in the historic walled district of the city are painted this color. But the attention to craftsmanship details and unique design of each portal hides the secret gardens and entrances to most of the homes with their walled facades. It’s fun to just walk around the city and look for these beautiful doors and windows and explore the many shops, restaurants, markets and everyday stores in each of these sections of town. No matter what part of the city you explore in Essaouira, you’ll come across these beautiful doors and windows to entrances. It’s a perfect photo opportunity to capture the beauty of the area through these individual and private places around the city.
Contributed by Noel Morata from This Hawaii life blog.
DOORS FROM ZANZIBAR
One of the many things that you will notice in Zanzibar is the fact of how many gorgeous doors you will find here. Generally, there are three different kinds of doors in Zanzibar. But the ones that might be most noticeable and surely worth mentioning would be the Indian doors.
The story is that Indians would protect their houses against elephants. And because doors are one of the week spots, the Indian merchants would install something that almost looks like Iron horns so the elephants cannot get in. During colonization time some Indians would travel to Zanzibar and live there. Even though there are no elephants on Zanzibar island, the tradition continues until now. And perhaps because of it the Indian doors in Zanzibar are one of the most beautiful ones and also the one that people recognize.
Contributed by Albí from the Ginger Around the Globe blog.
DOORS FROM TUNISIA
We were told not to go because a massacre of tourists by terrorists had just occurred in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. All Travel Advisories were at the highest levels. But my friend and I had bought nonrefundable tickets so we still went. The wife of a former Ambassador to Tunisia instructed us to book at Dar Said out in the suburbs and to hire their former driver to take us around. The B&B was so beautiful. I took many photos including this one of the doors leading to our room. A week after we left Tunisia, another massacre happened. For me, the photo has become the symbol of a safe sanctuary. Back in Phoenix, a Photo Show had Doors as a category. It was the first show I have ever entered. I submitted this photo. It won Best of Show, People’s Choice, and judges’ Choice. It is also the first photo that I have ever sold. And to think I almost did not get the chance to see or photograph it.
Contributed by Carol from the RV Cruising Lifestyle blog.
DOORS FROM JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
Doors at the Supreme Court of Johannesburg – After learning about the terrible atrocities that took place at Constitution Hill on a tour of Johannesburg, the magnificent doors of the new court building immediately captured my eye.
The sheer size of them makes them an imposing feature, but the carvings in the wood are so significant they have a profound effect. They depict all 27 rights of the Bill of Rights in all 11 African languages.
The Bill of Rights is of considerable importance in South Africa. This country was torn apart by the apartheid era, and significant thought was given to the new court building to which these doors mark the entrance. The doors stand 8 meters tall and have braille etched on the handles. The engravings are a reminder that the new democracy brings hope to the future of South Africa. The 27 rights affirm the democratic values of human dignity, equality, and freedom. The text is written in different fonts, a prominent gesture to mark the departure of the Roman symbols previously used on official buildings. These fonts are yet another symbol of equality and offer hope to the future generations of the country.
Contributed by Fiona Berry from the Passport and Piano blog.
DOORS FROM OMAN
Oman is a land of beautiful and ornamental doors and is made up of solid wood with arch-shaped. These ornamental doors are crafted with geometrical, floral, and Islamic patterns by craftsmen and can be seen all over in Oman. The doors are so much peculiar here that even in souvenir shops you can see the miniature doors available to adorn your walls. The historical and ancient capital of Oman – Nizwa, which is a worth doing day trip from Muscat has wonderful doors, arches all around. You can spot many mud or clay houses, palaces or villa with wonderful doors all around. Some houses have iron doors too with ironwork floral patterns. These wood used in heavy doors were imported from the eastern countries like India and were carved out by Omani woodcarvers. You can spot similar patterns on doors across Zanzibar, which proves the fact of having close ties between coastal Oman to India and countries further east.
Many historical facts depict the richly decorated doors of Zanzibar were influenced by the Omani doors during the rule of the Sultan Barghash, the third Omani ruler who governed there from 1870 to 1880. Omani considers doors as the symbol of hospitality and status. Therefore they have a peculiar taste of door and made it very splendid because when you first enter the house, the first thing you notice is the door and that becomes the first impression of the host. You can also see an iron latch or iron chain to close the door which is a quite common ancient style of latching the door. Also, metal spikes are present on the door and it is said that no two doors in Oman have similar design and all are very uniquely crafted. Omanis are proud of the centuries-old legacy of heritage doors.
Contributed by Myself (Yukti Agrawal) from the Travel with me 24 x 7 blog
EUROPE | Heritage Doors And Windows Photos
DOORS FROM PORTUGESE ISLANDS
Painted doors of Madeira – Almost every door in the center of Funchal at the Madeiraisland is decorated with astonishing images. Doors of the houses, restaurants, even the supermarket are the reason to observe it and visit. I couldn’t even imagine that this street is so amazing, such creativeness of images is rarely seen. It’s hard to choose one, but the photo says about my favorite. How did this happen? The Painted Doors Project started by photographer José Maria Zyberchem whose idea was to bring life to the city. Many local artists joined and now there are more than 200 painted doors. The narrow street Rua de Santa Maria brings to Madeira more than life, it brings magic. Madeira itself is famous because of the flower festival that happens with the beginning of Spring, that’s the spirit of Madeira. It’s not only the flower festival, but the whole island is also like the botanical heaven, including some unique plants. Several gardens decorate this beautiful place. The ones in Funchal are on the high level so taking a cable-car is an exciting experience.
Not only Funchal, but Câmara de Lobos also has some unique artistic doors made from recycled aluminum cans. Madeira will make enchanted!
Contributed by Gabrijela Zec from the Under Flower Sky blog.
DOORS FROM ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Doors of St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia – St Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the must-see places in St Petersburg, Russia. Decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, this majestic cathedral is impressive outside as well as inside. Every single detail of the cathedral’s decoration is made with a lot of artistry.
The front doors of the cathedral are not an exception. Firstly, they strike by their size — their height is almost 7 meters! Every wing of the door weighs approximately 10 tons. Despite their huge dimension, the doors open very easily: only 2 people are enough for that! Secondly, the doors amaze by their intricate design. They are richly decorated with sculptures, busts, and reliefs. Those sculptures represent Bible events and stories from Russian history.
Contributed by Anna de Nord from Travel Cultura
DOORS FROM COTSWOLD, the UK
Stow on the Wold is one of the most beautiful towns in the Cotswolds, United Kingdom. As befits a small town, it is simply romantically charming. And it developed, like other towns in this region, thanks to sheep breeding and the production of very good quality woolen materials. The large market proves the city’s special importance in the past. It used to have a famous market in the area, and even in the whole country. There is still a lot going on there, practically every month various events are organized, trade and more. But there is one very unique thing to see which you can’t find any other Cotswolds villages or towns – the door of St Edward’s Church!
The town is known as a treat for fantasy fans, admirers of the Lord of the Rings. It is believed that these church doors were the main inspiration for the Doors of Durin in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings – well, the locals will say so at least 😉 The church and its door are one of the most photographed places in this part of England so you have to add Stow on the Wold to your bucket list!
Contributed by Darek from Darek and Gosia blog.
DOORS FROM NOTTING HILL, LONDON, UK BY MARIE GIZELLE
Nothing Hill, London, has a lot of colorful streets – well, houses, buildings, and doors, plus wisteria, magnolia, and cherry trees blooming make the whole neighborhood Instagrammable! Sometimes, the colorful wall contrasts the door and makes it even more interesting. While Portobello road is the most popular to take pictures of beautiful doors and houses, it could also be the busiest because of the famous market. Only before the market opens and after it has closed would it be possible to take photos without distracting market wares.
There are a lot of charming streets one can explore and take pictures of in Notting Hill. For example, Lancaster Road has bright colored houses, and some individual doors while in Colville Terrace you can find more pastel paint-colored ones. Elgin Crescent is another road of beautifully colored doors and houses, but if you are a fan of Love Actually, you will find Keira Knightley’s pink house at Saint Luke’s Mews. Interestingly, the most famous door in Notting Hill is the big blue door at Westbourne Park Road – William Thacker’s flat in the movie “Notting Hill.”
Contributed by Marie Gizelle the Our City travels blog.
DOORS AND WINDOWS FROM COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Scandinavian architecture is seen all over Denmark and especially in Copenhagen. The simple design is enhanced with bright colors and contrasting pastels. The doors in Copenhagen’s city center are beautiful and eye-catching because of the bright colors and contrasting hues. It isn’t ornate carvings or designs, but the beauty of color that makes Copenhagen’s doors so gorgeous.
One notable example is the famous harbor, Nyhavn. There you see rows of brightly painted canal houses with contrasting doors and windows that catch your eye and make a perfect photo spot. As you walk around the city center, you will also notice many historic, half-timbered buildings that are painted in the same style. They have bright pastel colors with contrasting doors and windows. It’s the simple beauty of color and contrast that defines the center of Copenhagen. The brightness of the buildings and doors also serves another purpose. Because the weather often includes grey skies, the brightly painted buildings and doors keep color in the city every day of the year.
Contributed by Derek and Mike from Everything Copenhagen.
DOORS FROM SOLOLAKI, TBILISI, GEORGIA(COUNTRY)
Sololaki is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia, a city overflowing with historic architecture. Every block features charming facades, but there are a few special homes that catch my eye every time – including this one, which is on its last legs.
In times gone by, Sololaki was Tbilisi’s merchant district, and many of the city’s wealthiest residents had their houses here. Intricate molding, elaborately carved wooden doors and foyers with beautiful tile work and floor-to-ceiling frescoes were not uncommon. Many homes featured a marble panel on the doorstep bearing the word Salve, Latin for ‘Be well’ – a way to welcome guests.
In Soviet times, many of the houses were nationalized and divided up into apartment blocks. Their appearance and function changed – in many cases, their walls were white-washed – but still, they never lost their charm. Some were returned to the original owners in the 1990s, and a few have been restored. Most, however, are in various states of disrepair. Every door and window in this part of Tbilisi tells a story. Don’t forget to look up – the area is also known for its wooden ‘Tbilisi’ balconies and hidden courtyards.
Contributed By Emily from the Wander-Lush Blog.
DOORS FROM OLD NEW ENGLAND
New England is one of the oldest regions of the United States, settled in the early 1600s. A drive through historic towns—especially those along the northeastern Atlantic coast—reveals the simple yet charming homes of colonial days. Most often, their weathered doors consist of planks hewn from local trees, a testament to cold winters, dense forests, and Yankee resourcefulness. Often fastened by hammered ironwork hinges, latches, and penny nails, the doors showcase the importance of blacksmithing. Any windows placed high in the door would have been handmade by local glassblowers, judging by bubbles and minor imperfections.
I’ve often thought these old, solid doors represent the traditional New Englanders’ guarded trust; or maybe just their dedication to protecting the family. Most importantly, the doors highlight a timeless beauty; a craftsman skillfully used local materials to blend form and function. Many of these New England doors are unique works of art, fore-runners of the independent and thriving artists, craftsmen, and artisans thriving in New England today. As I drove past this historic saltbox home in Sandwich, Massachusetts known as the Hoxie House, I turned back to capture this picturesque scene on camera. I imagined myself crossing the threshold into simpler times and living along the water’s edge long ago in Cape Cod.
Contributed by Jackie Gately at the Enjoy Travel Life blog.
DOORS FROM SEVILLE, SPAIN
One of the most beautiful doors I have ever seen during my travels is this door from Carmona village near Seville. At first glance, it might be a normal, even boring door. However, the deep blue contrast against the white-washed wall gives it a very powerful, almost magical touch.
Doors in Southern Spain have special symbolism. Before giving access to the house, you must cross the patio, an inner courtyard which is so typical of Andalusian houses. A patio is a place where neighbors or the family gathers because of its refreshing cool temperature. It’s a place of being together and where you exchange the latest news. The door represents this for me: access to authentic Andalucian traditions. But there are many more things to do in Carmona, which makes it a perfect stop on any Seville itinerary.
Contributed by Paulina from the Visit Southern Spain Blog.
NORTH AMERICA | Heritage Doors And Windows Photos
DOORS FROM PONCE, PUERTO RICO
Growing up in the Midwestern United States, hues of golds and greens filled the horizons outside my window. When I ventured to Puerto Rico, I was struck by the beautiful, vivid colors that not only the landscape had but also the doors and architecture. It was the first time that I had seen turquoise shutters on a home or admired doors that looked a the grand, stately entrance.
One of the most beautiful cities, outside of San Juan, was Ponce. Ponce is considered the heart and soul of art and culture in Puerto Rico. It’s evident. In Ponce’s downtown, numerous buildings plummet towards the sky is brightly colored hues. Definitely a great town to spot for a quick museum tour and Instagram photo opp. The bank is a brilliant hue of blue and the local firefighter museum is a sea of red and black horizontal stripes. Churches are even more decadent in these dazzling shades. Make sure to spend a few hours exploring the side streets and you might come across a beautiful doorway that dances with captivating colors.
Contributed by Martha from the Quirky Globetrotter blog.
SOUTH AMERICA | Heritage Doors And Windows Photos
DOORS AND WINDOWS FROM COLOMBIA
The Colourful Doors and Windows of Colombia’s Coffee Region – If you are in search of rich colors and beautiful laid-back small towns, you should visit the coffee region in the Quindío province of Colombia. Some of the world’s best Arabica coffee is grown on the steep mountain slopes. The lush green tropical vegetation is dotted with colorful villages and small towns, each with its atmosphere. What makes these towns so photogenic is the local Bahareque Architecture, a collection of small, whitewashed one- and two-story houses with nicely crafted wooden doors, windows, and balconies – all painted in four to five different colors. Each house has its unique color combination; some bright candy colors, others a little more subtle.
Salento is probably the most visited town because of its proximity to the Cocora Valley and the endemic Wax Palms, which grow there. Other towns are less touristy and much quieter, but sometimes not as easy to reach by public transport. If you can’t get to the Coffee Triangle you should at least try to visit Jardín, the favorite weekend getaway for people from Medellin. This town is just as colorful and located in a beautiful fertile valley with lots of things to do.
Our recommendation: if you want to spend time outside the main cities, visit one of the many vibrant towns of Colombia’s coffee region!
Contributed by Jürgen Klein from the Dare 2 Go blog.
DOORS FROM CHILE (SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE)
My door opens every morning on a small island, in an archipelago of the Southern Hemisphere. It’s not in the Samoa or Polynesia though; my door is in Chiloé, a handful of islets tucked along the coast of Chile. There are no sandy beaches and palm trees here. It’s a landscape of old wooden churches and fishing boats and hilly curving roads under a dark sky. It smells of algae and rotten wood, this land of hard-working people stuck in time.
My door is one of many. It resembles the one next to it and the one opposite. They all open every morning, on this small island, when their hard-working people go to their fishing boats, down the hilly curving road. And then they shut for the rest of the day, oblivious to the dark sky. My door and all the others around. Yet, my door attracted me, shut as it was under the dark sky. With its precarious step and its smell of rotten wood. With its shiny number and its rusty box stuck in time. My door looks like no other.
Contributed by Anthony from the Green Mochila blog.
I hope you loved reading Heritage Doors And Windows Photos from Around The World and I would love to know your favorite door or window from this article below in the comments. I know it is difficult to decide because for me all are worth admiring and has interesting facts and history associated with them. That is why it has been correctly said: “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” by Flora Whittemore & “Why I am always looking at life through a window?” by Daniel Keyes.
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