Most doors are hopelessly mundane, but they don’t have to be; they can also serve as meaningful symbols of portals between worlds or between different aspects of our lives. When we set out to create a list of beautiful doors around the world, we were surprised to find just how many truly amazing doors there are out there that have been decorated with beautiful craftsmanship and artwork.

The door is probably the single part of a building’s exterior that people will interact most frequently with, so if you want a building to look impressive up close, there’s probably no better way to do this than by having a beautiful door.

Burano, Italy

Image credits: John C. Hutchins

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Image credits: Ken Piorkowski

Copenhagen, Denmark

Image credits: Ingeborg van Leeuwen

Montmartre, Paris, France

Image credits: John Kroll

Valloria, Italy

Image credits: socket974

Rabat, Morocco

Image credits: David&Bonnie

Valparaiso, Chile

Image credits: Byron Ellis

Garden Door by Kazuyuki Ishihara in Japan

Image credits: Anya Langmead

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Image credits: Olga Osipova

Shanghai, China

Image credits: Sean Maynard

Sardinia, Italy

Image credits: Pia – Artemisia1975

Pollença, Balearic Islands, Spain

Image credits: silverlarynx

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Image credits: Natalie AE

Soho, New York, New York, USA

Image credits: Gary Burke

Unknown Garden Door

Image credits: wallpapersinhq.com

Jaipur, India

Image credits: payal.jhaveri

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Image credits: mandalaybus

Bali, Indonesia

Image credits: Corinna A. Carlson

Germagno, Piedmont, Italy

Image credits: Wozz

Beijing, China

Image credits: Rig

Miami, Florida, USA

Image credits: jaydkim

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Image credits: Amaury Henderick

Northumberland, UK

Image credits: Maree Turner

Fes, Morocco

Image credits: David K. Edwards

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Image credits: Ahrabella Heabe Lewis

German Alps

Image credits: Dominic Walter