Thanks to the Thursday Doors weekly challenge hosted by Norm, I’m always on the lookout for the unusual when it comes to those moving structures that allow or bar access or egress to an enclosed space (don’t you just love Wikipedia?). This one seems to be particularly suitable for the latest WordPress Discover challenge.
At first glance, this doorway in Loches is nice enough, without being anything out of the ordinary…
…but who stuck all these pigeon feathers in the doorframe? And, more to the point, why? Who knows the story behind this particular door?
The town of Loches, in central France (not far from Chédigny) was, in medieval times, the seat of the kings of France and there are many interesting – some long-neglected – doors in and around the old citadel that dominates the moderrn townscape.
At the base of the citadel is this door, that obviously hasn’t been used in a very long time:
And nor has this one, which comes from a time when disabled access was not something anyone thought about:
For sumptuousness of decor, though, the main door of the Collégiale church is impressive: