Thursday Doors – Spanish edition

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

I don’t plan to be a weekly contributor, but since being introduced to other bloggers’ contributions, I have to say that I pay a whole lot more attention to doors than ever before. Since arriving at our latest home away from home in Alhaurin el Grande, doors on almost every home and business have caught my attention.There are beautifully ornamented doors old and new.  Some have intricate hardware or stained glass inserts. Some have both.  They all hide stories and histories beyond their thresholds.  Most of these are found within a few blocks of the house where we are pet sitting.

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Deceptively looking like an average sized door flanked by wooden panels, this is one huge door which opens, not from above like a garage door, but from the side.  I can’t imagine the mechanism that supports the weight as this huge door swings open.

Inside this door is the headquarters of the Hermanidad de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno or “the purple gang”, who will be leading the Easter processionals past our front door.  There will be other activities elsewhere in town, lead by the “green gang.”  This all runs Thursday to Sunday, and we are looking forward to it with a mix of anticipation and fear.  Anticipation because it will be new and exciting, and it’s a really big deal here.  Fear because it’s going to be loud and the dogs in our house are going to go loco!

Also on our street, is the Casa de la Cultura (Cultural Centre) of Alhaurin el Grande.  At other times of the year, there are cultural programs and exhibitions offered here.  During Samana Santa, the Easter holy week, nothing is scheduled (at least, I think that’s what the lady at the front desk told me; my Spanish is not 100%).Doors Spain 20160317_170753

The building also houses the Officina Tourismo.  From past experience, I will say that, like most tourist information offices in smaller towns in Spain, you are lucky to find a pamphlet rack with a bit of information on the area.  We have been burned often enough, and try to remember not to spend a lot of time and effort locating these offices unless we’re in much bigger centres.  Regardless of what is not available to us on the inside, you’ve got to agree that the doors are lovely.

Another door, just down the street, appears to be that of a private residence.  Every detail is  beautiful: the blue and white tiles, the shiny gold hardware, and the ornate, colourful decoration.

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I failed to capture the real shine and sparkle.  It reminded me of the Indian mirror work embroidered on clothing and textiles.  It also made me think of floral patterns my mom painted on jars years ago.

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Check out These Knockers!

To mix things up a bit, let’s focus on some of the fantastic knockers. I know, I know, I’m like a 12 year old boy here; I can’t help it.  Tell me you aren’t snickering, too.  Just a little?

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Some doors catch my attention for reasons other than aesthetics.  The metal work below is unquestionably beautiful, but the forgotten, weather beaten plywood makes me wonder about the story beyond the entryway.

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The building is in a row of homes, all beautifully maintained.  What happened to the family that used to live here? Why is the house standing empty? I can make up stories all day long. There’s some sort of mystery here.

In bright contrast to the beautiful wooden doors is this one.  A local hair salon is making good use of their metal garage style door to catch the eye and add a bit of fun advertising. These utilitarian doors can be seen pulled down every afternoon and late in the evening when businesses shut.  I like the graffiti style art on this one.

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One final set of doors which I think are another brilliant use of space.  I can’t say I’ve ever seen an entire take out pizza menu on the side of a delivery van before.  Brilliant!  This door had me stopped in the street, trying to determine what was available.

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Unlike most of the bloggers who contribute to Thursday Doors, I don’t have a fancy pants camera with multiple lenses or any particular photography skills, but I know what catches my eye. I hope you enjoyed this slight deviation from the usual sight seeing, eating, and drinking that goes on here.

If you would like to see more great doors, or you want to see some truly fantastic photography, why not head on over to Norm’s blog.  He’s the fellow who started this all!

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41 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Spanish edition

  1. Well that was one awesome debut post! Very well done and welcome:-)
    I’m a hobbyist woodworker so that first one caught my eye right off the bat. The others are wonderful as well, and yes, *hangs head in mock shame* I too snickered at your knockers 😉

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  2. Really interesting. I am a feng shui practitioner and the door to any house ( entry into your world) or business is so important in the whole assessment. The ones in your picture truly make a statement. Have a great week

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  3. Thanks for checking them out, Diane. I am fascinated by how different the doors are from country to country, home to home.

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  4. Oh…
    Norm of #ThursdayDoors lives in Canada, and his door posts are magnificent — You must live in a boring door area (ie not Quebec? lol.)

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  5. If you’re thinking of bring home a souvenir I think Chez Willer (or Chez Passcox?) needs an unique ornate door knocker.

    Looking forward to pix of your neighbourhood “purple gang”, which, I’m assuming have no relation at all to Jailhouse Rock. Which I now can’t get out of my head, thanks so much.

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  6. I understand. I have a boring door as do all my neighbors. 😦 Fortunately there are some architecturally interesting areas here where people didn’t skimp on door design.

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  7. Yes, the moment my eye caught the word “knockers,” well, you know. But what beautiful artwork. Occasionally I see something lovely here in San Francisco, but how I wish I lived in an era when artwork and craftship were venerated.

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  8. Ooooh I loved the door with the blue and white tile and stained glass flowers. All the doors are lovely!
    I laughed out loud at your Knockers comment…wondering now how many hits your site is going to get? 🙂 Those are fab too! I liked the hand with the ring a lot.

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  9. Dan, I was stunned when I saw it open. They must have the free end (not on hinges) resting on some sort of roller not visible from outside. There has to be something, other than the hinges, supporting the weight.

    thanks for stopping by

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  10. The best doors I see in “cottage country”, where I live, are the squeaky screen doors that slam shut. They aren’t aesthetically exciting, but their sounds signal summer fun.

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  11. I can take the teasing. Glad you popped in, Manja Mexi.
    I try not to be intimidated by those folks who post stunning pictures with the best lighting, balance, perspective, and on and on. There are those who tell which lens they use, the filters, or other fancy doo dahs that I don’t even recognize. I’m in it for the funm too. Actually, that’s I’m up for.

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  12. Those are some knockers all right! 🙂 I’m laughing at your description of us. I have a Nikon, most features of which I don’t even know how to use, and my iPhone. But having an eye for a photo is a large part of it and you nailed that here. I can’t imagine how that door opens from the side or how much room it takes when doing that!! My favorite is the boarded up door with the fabulous metal work. How saw that it’s no longer in use!!

    Glad you could join us!

    janet

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  13. OK, OK, maybe not everyone out there has a fancy pants camera with extra doo dahs! LOL For me, it’s just my smart phone and snapping pictures before my partner leaves me in her dust as we walk.
    Thanks for taking the time to visit.

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  14. I have that fancy camera with doo dahs, but I don’t know how to use them all and haven’t taken the time yet to learn. My iPhone works well and goes with me everywhere, but if I could just figure out a way to attach my Nikon (and telephoto) to me… (I do have a shoulder pack, but it’s certainly not as easy as the phone!)

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  15. Ah yes, screen doors. Even when my children were little, we still slept with only the screen doors locked, with their little hook and eye locks. Couldn’t do that today. And all summer long, squeak, slam! Squeak, slam!

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  16. I haven’t ever really thought about doors as art, but then there aren’t many around here that would qualify. I love your pictures. The doors are all amazing. And, yes, I snickered too!

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  17. I hadn’t really looked at doors quite so intently before seeing other people’s Thursday Doors posts. Often, they are beautiful works of art,sometimes quirky, sometimes they are the opening to a great story. It’s a fun… event? Not sure what word to use.

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  18. Portability is the main reason it’s just me and my phone. I may move up in the photography world one day, but I can’t see myself lugging camera and lenses around with me all the time (and it’s the unexpected shots that seem to be the best).

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  19. No snickering. Ha.

    We hope to see more of the Moorish architectural influences as we continue with our travels. We have two weeks of touring ahead, and plan to stay in beautiful Andalucia.

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  20. Knockers…ha! Anyway, I wish we had more artistic doors here. The uniqueness of my own door is that it is painted purple and has a glass design. The doors you have shared do have wonderful character.

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  21. Thanks, Helen! I noticed, today, one yet another of these hands that there is a ring on a finger. I can’t help wondering if there’s some significance to them.

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