I have always been fascinated by doors not only because of their meaning in architecture but also of their metaphorical importance in people's lives. A door is simply more than just a door. You can find in all kinds of cultures sayings, proverbs and quotes about doors. Here are some examples*:
Many open a door to shut a window. ~ Dutch Proverb
Kind words will unlock an iron door. ~ Kurdish Proverb
Beware of the door with too many keys. ~ Portuguese Proverb
When God shuts one door, He opens another. ~ Arabian Proverb
As a traveler with huge interest in photography it has become a tradition for me to walk on unknown streets and look for interesting doors. Here are some of my favourite photos taken in the last few years. Enjoy.
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#1 Baku, Azerbaijan
A beautiful door with very intricate ornaments. I found it in the old city of Baku.
#2 Prague, Czech Republic
#3 Marrakech, Morocco
#4 Baku, Azerbaijan
#5 Budapest, Hungary
I found this door while walking randomly around the city.
#6 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A door inside the Royal Palace. I simply love its patterns and its blue tone.
#7 Marrakech, Morocco
#8 Malmö, Sweden
Doors can be artworks sometimes. This door is the perfect example.
#10 Cusco, Peru
Cusco is an amazing city and I like the way how people paint their doors. This one has a very distinctive blue tone.
#11 Cusco, Peru
#12 Krk, Croatia
#13 Geghard, Armenia
#14 Tbilisi, Georgia
#15 Palma, Mallorca
I love the way how this door is in tune with nature.
#16 Hoi An, Vietnam
I like the strong yellow tone surrounded by this wooden door.
#17 Hoi An, Vietnam
An improvised door but perhaps that's all you need.
#18 Hue, Vietnam
This door belongs to a building in the Imperial City of Hue.
#19 Hue, Vietnam
This door is also inside the Imperial City of Hue. I love the strong red tone.
#20 Prague, Czech Republic
This is a door of the famous John Lennon Wall. I love the colours on that door; they seem random but structured at the same time.
#21 Marrakech, Morocco
#22 Sibiu, Romania
I love this door. I found it in the old city of Sibiu and could not take my eyes off it.
#23 Lima, Peru
#24 Krk, Croatia
#25 Prague, Czech Republic
I like the harmony created by lines and rectangles. Found the door in a quiet back building.
#26 Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech is heaven for door lovers.