Thursday Doors – March 17, 2016

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

Notre-Dame Cathedral/Basilica – Ottawa, Ontario

A few weekends ago we were in our national capital, Ottawa for the Canadian men’s curling championship. Yes I know folks, with me the ‘excitement’ never stops 😉

While there we took the time to visit a few of the major museums including the Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery which is shown below:


Right across the street from the Gallery is this wonderful piece of early 1840’s Gothic Revival architecture, the Notre-Dame Basilica Cathedral


I put the wide angle lens on the camera and we went over to have a closer look:



Yes, the carved and painted interior mentioned on the plaque is quite impressive to behold, but this place also has some wonderful doors:



As a National Historic Site the building, its doors, facade and steeples are very well maintained:


I’m learning to take the time to walk around the entire exterior of a building whenever possible because often enough, the side and rear doors hold nice surprises as well:




I took a number of nice shots of the interior which I’ll be using in future non-doors posts but here is one of several old wooden interior doors that lead into the main Cathedral:


Here’s a quick teaser to give you an idea of how full this place is of of rich, ornate, and colourful elements – the interior is truly impressive:


As always, I thank you for reading 🙂

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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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74 Responses to Thursday Doors – March 17, 2016

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  2. Leah says:

    Norm, I am finally going to join the party. I won’t be a weekly contributor, but more sporadic.
    I need some hand holding.
    I will add #ThursdayDoors on Twitter.
    I have copied the blue froggie image to my first Doors post (I hope that works).
    Which tag should I be using?

    Thanks – I have to say that looking at your pictures and those of others in this group have inspired me to look at my surroundings in a new way. I love it!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      That’s great news Leah, I’m sure you’re going to have fun. You might want to try reading this post I wrote a while back that offers some tips:
      Basically you create your post and schedule it to publish anytime between Thursday and Saturday.
      No need to copy the blue froggie.
      To add your post to our list, come visit my post anytime before Saturday, after it goes live on Thursday morning. Click on the blue froggie button and fill in the three fields: 1. Your name or the name of your blog 2. The url/link to your Thursday Doors post for that week 3. Your email address (which stays private)
      And voila, your post gets added to the list of contributors.
      Email me if you have any other questions. See you Thursday 🙂


      • Leah says:

        Thanks. I’ve read through the rules. I’ll be especially careful not to break any laws! I also try to watch where I’m stepping and in what I am stepping while snapping pics. I’ll do my very best with the blue frog button do-dah – that’s the only bit that doesn’t seem 100% clear. I’m sure, once I try, it’ll be easy peasy.

        Thanks for the invite to the party.

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  3. Dymoon says:

    the snow has gone, =^_^= thanks for taking some great photos, saves me a trip downtown and trying to find parking..

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  4. These old churches have amazing doors

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  6. Jill's Scene says:

    I’ve been following along and reading about doors for months, Norm, while I’ve been thinking and writing about Myanmar. At last I have a submission, even if it is a Saturday.

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  7. Love your post Norm! Such beautiful design and motifs on those doors – the interior looks stunning too! 🙂

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  8. mariannegv says:

    What an impressive interior! I’m surprised to see the the sculpture “Maman” (the gigantic spider) of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois outside the National Gallery. I have a post about the same sculpture at Barrio La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Have a great week-end, Norm!

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  9. Cee Neuner says:

    Talk about fancy. Wonderful photos Norm. 😀
    Here is my entry for this week.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Cee. Eventually I’ll get around to showing off the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal too – the interior of that one is spectacular 🙂


  10. reocochran says:

    I really liked the door with the address 143 on the side of this, Norm. I liked the intricately designed metal door covering/gate, Norm. You have captured many doors around the Notre Dame Basilica. The awesome display of tall ceiling in a deep blue with the beautiful interior took my breath away!

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  11. pilch92 says:

    That is a beautiful church.

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  12. jan says:

    That spider would give me nightmares!! Lovely shots, as usual.

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  13. jesh stg says:

    Awesome architecture in the first, since there’s so much glass! But the spider sculpture is definitely not my favorite .Loved the Gothic period in art history, maybe because many of the church buildings in Holland (my country of origin) are of this period and I’ve been to actual services, and also sang there, so a lot of good childhood memories. The cast iron door is beautiful!!

    What is the men’s curling championship about?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. Curling…the game played on ice. We were attending the national championship, it was nearby in Ottawa this year. We’ve played at the recreational club level for a number of years and we enjoy getting the chance to watch the pros when we can. They make it look so easy 🙂


  14. marianallen says:

    Those little vestibules sticking out just slay me. I love them SO MUCH.

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  15. Wonderful doors – great photos too

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  16. A giant Spider and a magnificent cathedral with one of the best ceilings I’ve ever seem, Norm. One question from me – what does that sign with a red strike through the letter P on the door mean? Does it mean you’re not allowed to take a photo of the door or simply not park a car in front of it?😄

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  18. Lynn says:

    Norm, I haven’t been in to this church in Ottawa. I may have to check it out next time I am there!

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  19. The doors are lovely. Especially that one with all the iron work, but the blue ceiling! OH, it’s gorgeous!

    I don’t get the giant spider though?

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  20. facetfully says:

    I always look forward to the leader of the pack’s doors and no disappointment here! Stunning!

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  21. Magnificent building, Norm, inside and out. But that giant spider……. or was it on my laptop screen – yikes.

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  22. Nice collection of doors from the cathedral. (Suzanne)

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  23. Nato says:

    Wow! Now those are all very grand and impressive doors. What a building!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. It really was impressive. The interior is so ornate it’s almost over-the-top in its opulence.

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      • Nato says:

        I find that I am drawn to ornate architecture. However, I get the over-the-top statement. In Baghdad, I saw a few castles, mansions or whatever they official were. Though beautiful they bordered on gaudy. For my own home, I like simple and elegant lines.

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  24. joey says:

    So beautiful! 🙂

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  25. joannesisco says:

    Churches never fail to deliver spectacular architecture and this one is another beauty. The wrought iron gate door and the wood interior door are my favourites.

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  26. Dan Antion says:

    What a treat Norm! I love the doors, and the variations on that common theme. The natural wood ones look so different from the painted ones. The ironwork is also a favorite shot for me. The interior is amazing. I’m glad you took us inside, but I’m glad you had time and a what seems like a beautiful day to get some shots from outside.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. Yes it was a beautiful day. Unfortunately I had pretty much emptied my tank with all the walking I did in the museum beforehand, otherwise I would have stayed out longer and roamed the streets in what is a very interesting part of Ottawa.
      I`m already looking forward to going back in May for the Tulip festival.

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  27. The color of the doors doesn’t stand out, as with the red doors so many of us love, but they’re still beautiful and the detail is wonderful. I also like the metal gate and the wooden interior door. And the inside? Stunning!


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  28. pommepal says:

    What beautiful and unusual doors and that blue ceiling is magnificent. Mine is quite a simple door this week.

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  29. They don’t build doors like this anymore. True craftsmanship on display here. 🙂

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  30. Good morning Norm, these are wonderful! Love the angle on the last one, very dramatic!

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  31. leannenz says:

    As always, a great collection! The blue vaulted ceiling is stunning. The first one with the spider sculpture interests me too. There is a very similar sculpture in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo by a french artist, Louise BBourgeois. This blog has some pictures.
    I wonder if it is by the same person?
    Norm I managed to muck up my link again! if you have the time could you please fix it! sorry!

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  32. tgeriatrix says:

    I like the beautiful design of the doors of these church.

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  33. klara says:

    I love your Cathedral photos, specially the ones with heaps of snow on sides. very nice doors and the interior is magnificent.

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