Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 7, 2012

A very old door in Napoli

I came across this ancient door when I was wandering in Spaccanapoli. I would love to know exactly how many years it has been welcoming people home, keeping unwanted visitors out and quietly gathering dust.

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Up close you can see the layers of dust and grime that have built up over years. I wonder what it would look like under this.

The lock below was not on the same door, but I couldn’t resist taking its photo.

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  1. How beautiful the patina of the old wood and the corroded metal are! I love how these things age and gain character. Beautiful images, thank you.

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    • I wonder what it would look like cleaned up.

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  2. We have a thing about the doors in Tuscany…I bet we have a billion pictures of all the doors! My hubby wants to make a calendar! This one is stunning-the one that is slightly cracked made me crane my neck wondering what was on the other side!!

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    • I have dozens of door photos too. I particularly like the doors in Helsinki.

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  3. It’s a work of art, Deb!

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    • I thought it was wonderful. I would have loved to take a peek inside the courtyard.

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  4. Wow, that door is amazing, Deb! And the lock it pretty cool, as well. Hope you are having a good weekend.
    Kathy

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    • I have been to see the Matisse exhibition at the gallery this weekend. It is excellent!

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  5. Very cool door! I always wish I knew what all the people who have used these beautiful doors looked like and what their lives were like.

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    • It would be fun to take a look inside, but I wasn’t game to snoop.

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  6. I love photos of doors and doorways. This one is stunning. When I got to the 2nd photo with the door slightly ajar, I thought your questions may be answered! If only they could talk!

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    • I think this door would have lots of tales to tell.

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  7. I bet it is at least two hundred years old; one of the things I love about countries that take pride in preserving their history. There must be thousands of stories behind those doors.

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  8. Beautiful! We stayed in Spaccanapoli when we were in Naples. I didn’t see that door, but loved the neighborhood. I miss Italy so much!

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    • Spaccanapoli is an incredible area. I can’t wait to get back there.

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  10. I would say that the door goes back to the Middle Ages. Rafael agrees with me.

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    • Thank you for that! It certainly looks very old.

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  11. Amazing, Deb. I love it…I can’t tell…is the intricate work done in wood? or metal?

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    • I think it is mostly wood, with metal trim, but you would need to scrape some of that dirt off to be sure.

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  12. wow !! this wood carving is amazing, if this wonderful door could talk !!

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  13. Stunning door Debra. I wonder too how long those hinges have been swinging open for people.

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    • According to Maria and Raphael it has been there for hundreds of years.

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  14. Beautiful! I have a “thing” for doors, old ones in particular. Wherever I go I take pictures of them. Have you heard of Pinterest Debra? I have a section on there where I have lots of pictures of old doors.

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    • I have not heard of Pinterest, but I will investigate. Thank you.

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  15. Wow, hundreds of years, that’s amazing. It’s so beautifully crafted and I wonder what the symbolism of the coat of arms and other imagery represents or means – intriguing.

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    • It is intriguing. I would love to know more about it.

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  16. Amazing…. Thank you dear Debra, with my love, nia

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  17. Love the details, especially the last photo with the locks.

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    • The streets of old Napoli are a treasure trove.

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  18. Beautiful, kind of Asian looking…

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  19. Gorgeous. There are so many heart-stopping doors in Italy there’s even a book of photos devoted to them by Ray Arsenault : http://doorsofitaly.com/

    But I think yours is even more stunning than the ones he captured!

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  21. Wow … very beautiful. Love the combination of metal and wood.

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