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Doors of southern France – Part 2

This is the second half of my collection of doors from southern France, and this week’s contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors.

We begin with another door from Narbonne – this one more institutional than the doors included in Part 1. Someone has gone to a lot of work to preserve the finish on these two wood doors. The two gargoyles are also quite well preserved.

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Office door in Narbonne

The glazed door is from a hotel in Avignon. The glazing and the opened door make this entrance much more inviting than any of the other doors – but then, for a hotel to be successful, this is a good feature to have.

Avignon is well known as the site of the Pont d’Avignon, located on the Rhone River. Several popes resided in Avignon in the 14th Century, and parts of the city are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a popular tourist attraction.

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Hotel door in Avignon

The third door is from Les Baux-de-Provence, another historic village in southern France. Baux is a hilltop village that has been inhabited for thousands of years. There are typically more tourists than villagers in town on most days.

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Old door in Les Baux-de-Provence

The largest set of doors in my French collection belong to the Church of Saint-Trophime in Arles. The church is well known as a good example of Romanesque architecture – note the round arch above the doors – as are the sculptures on the portal.

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Church of Saint-Trophime, Arles
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18 thoughts on “Doors of southern France – Part 2

  1. Oh just magnificent doors, I so love this challenge, seeing all these beautifully constructed, solid wood doors with such magnificent surrounds from all over the world. I think of the time spent just to create one of these entrances and I’m awed by the craftsmanship of years gone by. Lovely! Thank you for sharing…

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  2. Faded doors have their own charm – particularly under southern sun – but it’s good to see one that’s being well cared for too. There are some lovely details and contrasts in this selection.

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  3. I thought that 1st was going to be hard to beat but then I saw that last one…wow.
    I’ve said it before; I think between them Italy and France contain close to 50% of the worlds nicest doors.
    Wonderful post this week 🙂

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  4. Nick, this is a fantastic gallery. I love the beauty and warmth of the first door and the color combinations. Would you mind telling me which blog theme you use? I’m thinking about changing themes and this one really showcases photos. Is yours a free one or one for which you pay? Thanks.

    janet

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    1. Thank you Janet for your kind comments. I am using the Revelar theme – it is a free one – and I selected it exactly for the reasons that you have noted. One year in and no complaints.

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  5. Wow, beautiful doors, but the last one takes the crown – keep thinking how much time and skill this door has taken! In Arles, one of the places Vincent van Gogh painted (am Dutch, and a painter:) ) Was this church built before his time?

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    1. Like most old churches, St.Trophime would have been built over decades, if not 100’s of years, many years ago. I am sure that this church would have been the same in van Gogh’s time, except for the effects of more recent air pollution.

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