Thursday Doors: Thiers – doors without number

Thiers is a major town in the Auvergne region of France. It has a well-preserved medieval centre and is widely known as the nation’s knife capital. I mean that in a good way: it is the centre of the knife (and, more broadly, the cutlery) industry. Just like it says here:

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As I discovered on a recent visit, it is also quite possibly the French motherlode for interesting doors, both ancient and modern. In fact, I spotted so many irresistible portals that I’ve had to split them into three posts for sharing here; so, odd numbers, even numbers and, this week, neither. Doors without number indeed.

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I particularly like the pastel tones and composition of this one (plus it’s an unusual doorway):

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Just for a change, a pair of cellar doors; haven’t seen any of these for quite a few years:

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There’s even a door where another door used to be:

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Thursday Doors 25 August 2016

14 Comments on “Thursday Doors: Thiers – doors without number

  1. Wow – you have several winners in here. I was going to go with the black door in the intricate stone arch, but I also like the weathered old wooden doors. I like doors that are set into a corner, and I like 1/3 – 2/3 split doors. Ha – you’ve given me too man choices ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Profound apologies for not responding earlier, but your comment ended up in my Spam folder for some reason, and I only checked it when somebody else pointed out that quite a few of their comments were going to Spam. As to the windmills, the explanation is that the knives used to be made in water-powered factories which were built along the river. The mill provided the power to turn the whetting stones on which the blades were sharpened.

  2. Wonderful collection this week. You did hit the motherlode ๐Ÿ™‚
    That last door within a door takes the cake.

  3. The door next to the cutlery shop wins for beauty; the knife door wins for whimsy; the metal cellar door wins for intrigue – I wonder what or who is in the cellar.

  4. Oh yes, gorgeous lot of doors ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love that first one with the cut outs, and the cellar doors. I wonder if there are metal cellar doors anywhere in the US. Never seen that.

  5. I love the knife door but the second one is divine. Such a fanciful stonework surround…just gorgeous, all for a door, which in itself is a fine door!

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