Thursday Doors: Nantes Cathedral

For the final instalment of doors from the French city of Nantes, we are looking at the magnificent cathedral, which has recently undergone extensive – and, I think, very sympathetic – renovation.

The first thing you notice about the external doors is how tall and narrow they are:

As I was snapping away, somebody had the temerity to walk into shot by coming out through one of the doors. At least it gives some perspective on how tall they actually are:

From the inside,they’re even more interesting:

…and any door within a door is worthy of a closer look:

Rather arrestingly, this door is halfway up a wall:

Door-shaped holes rather than actual doors on the Confessional:

Thursday Doors 25 May 2017

Thursday Doors: More From Nantes

This is the third instalment of doors from the French city of Nantes (and there will be more…), but this time without a specific theme.

According to TripAdvisor, the top attraction in Nantes is the Botanical Gardens. This is the rather grand greenhouse:

Less exotically, a couple of doors from the immediate environs of the Chateu des Ducs, which was featured last week.

I like the contrast of black door and red shutters in this example:

Speaking of black(ish) doors…

I was drawn by the unusual ‘font’ of the number on this door:

And finally a well-worn old wooden door:

Next week, some rather grander doors (again) – this time from the cathedral.

Thursday Doors 18 May 2017

Thursday Doors: Nantes – Chateau des Ducs

Still in Nantes, this week we feature some of the doors to be found in the Chateau des Ducs, a moated castle in the centre of the city. Although originally medieval, the Chateau was extensively rebuilt in the early nineteenth century after much of it was destroyed in an explosion. Nowadays, it functions as a museum.

It’s still surrounded by a moat, however, and to access this particular door you will need to have the drawbridge down.

There’s no doubt that some of the original character of the Chateau was lost in the rebuilding process, but the doors are still worth a look:


This door is actually a display item inside the museum. The sign dates it to around 1740.

Thursday Doors 11 May 2017

Thursday Doors: Nantes – rue Henri IV

We recently spent a few days in the city of Nantes, in the north-western part of France. While Madame took part in some workshops at a quilting expo, I took myself off with my camera in search of doors (among other things). There were plenty to see.

All the doors in this first instalment are on the same street – rue Henri IV, which runs at right angles to the River Loire. In effect, it marks the eastern boundary of the oldest surviving part of the city. All the buildings are constructed on a grand scale, although some are in better condition than others.

Unsurprisingly, since the street runs up from the river, it’s on a slope, which in terms of doors means that some are going to need steps in front of them:

Now then: do you see the small door in the bottom left of the picture above? Well, although  it’s worth a closer look, it isn’t actually a door:

It is, in fact, an art installation, as the accompanying notice explains:

(‘Hétéroclites’ means heterogenous, although it could also be translated as ‘motley’. In art terms, it’s something that is made of different elements, without either unity or harmony. The notice informs that the anonymous artist used various unrelated items and materials – such as the metal pipes that cover wiring etc. on external walls – that are to be found in the street.)

Thursday Doors 4 May 2017

Thursday Doors: Chartres – final instalment

A last set of doors from the cathedral town of Chartres. Most of these are well cared-for, but interesting nonetheless:

I don’t really understand why the railings on this window are on the inside:

More tidy doors:

For the sake of variety, a blue door, slightly tatty:

And, to finish with, a door and an ex-door next to each other:

Thursday Doors 27 April 2017

Thursday Doors: Chartres – Down to earth

After last week’s exploration of the cathedral, we’re back to secular Chartres for the next instalment. However, to ease us back in to less spiritual matters here are a couple of images of doors from the immediate environs of the Cathedral.

These doors are in the gardens immediately surrounding the cathedral itself. I suspect it’s where they keep the lawnmower.

This building houses one of the administrative offices of the cathedral:

And, inevitably, there’s the souvenir shop…

Speaking of shops:

One practical problem for the door-hunter in Chartres is that the street are narrow, even before taking into account the cars that are parked all along them, so it’s not always possible to get a ‘head-on’ view…

…although we do our best.

Thursday Doors 20 April 2017

Thursday Doors: Chartres Cathedral

As promised, this week we feature some of the mightily impressive doors of the great cathedral of Chartres, often said to be the most beautiful cathedral in France and certainly a high point of French Gothic architecture dating from the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

As you would expect, the principal entrances seek to impress:

As I recall, my second-ever contribution to Thursday Doors was this mouse’s-eye view of one of the main entrances:

It’s worth seeing from the inside too:

This is the entrance to the crypt:

And finally, this qualifies as a door, I think, although technically speaking it’s actually a reredos – a screen that once stood behind the high altar, but is now just propped up against a wall:

Next week we’re back to the usual diet of tatty secular doors.

Thursday Doors 13 April 2017