Thursday Doors – September 29, 2016

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The Cloisters – #MetMuseum in NYC – Part 2

This is a continuation from last week’s post from The Cloisters which is a branch of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, dedicated specifically to Medieval European art, architecture, gardens, and religious artifacts.


A lot of these are doors and doorways were culled from abandoned abbeys in Italy, France, and Spain.


The arches and stonework were carefully taken apart piece by piece, transported to New York and then painstakingly rebuilt onsite at the Cloisters.


As I mentioned last week, I was so marveled by what I was looking at I completely forgot to take pictures of the information signs, or even just note some of the key points like date and origins.

This one is actually just a modern exterior door but I liked the fading weathered look and colour, so I decided to include it 😉


This is the oldest one that I do remember, it dates back to the mid twelfth century and has the scars to prove it.


Because of their size and the fact that they were displayed fully opened, I couldn’t manage to fit this set of iron and wood doors fully into the frame, even with my wide-angle lens so I gave up trying; here’s the one that came out best.


Some of them are very simple


And others quite ornate.


Obviously in some cases it’s about the carvings in the archway and door frame


But all of them do deserve to be in a world class museum because they are true works of art.


If you appreciate this sort of stuff and you are ever in the New York City area, do yourself a favor and set aside part of a day to visit The Cloisters for yourself.

Not only will you see wonderful old doors, but tapestries, pottery, furniture, paintings and religious artifacts of breathtaking beauty.


As always I thank you for looking 🙂

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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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75 Responses to Thursday Doors – September 29, 2016

  1. Sonia Malysz says:

    Absolutely amazing collection of doors 🙂 Some of them are works of art, maybe all of them 🙂

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  2. Wonderful.doors Norm. My daughter is hoping to go to New York for a photography trip with her sixth form! I wonder if they will visit the. cloisters?

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  3. Vicky says:

    Just such amazing doors…thank you for sharing these, I don’t expect I will ever visit, so it’s wonderful to be shown them in your post…

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Vicky. This is exactly the same reason why I marvel at your posts each week too. I’ll probably never go there, but it is wonderful to get a peek at it through the eyes of a local 🙂


  4. These are all so wonderful that I can’t pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing more of them! 🙂

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  5. Sue Slaght says:

    What a collection Norm! Amazing to think that a door could still be intact from the 12th century. What an ultimate in re-using and recycling. Beautifully captured

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  6. reocochran says:

    Your collection of doors with structural details was the most magnificent one ever! This had me really wishing I could go on a getaway or doors-excursion, Norm. 🙂

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  7. Mike says:

    Plenty of houses and offices in Frederick, Md. means lots of doors. some are worth showing off.

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  8. Candy says:

    What an incredible variety of doors. The carvings are phenomenal.

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  9. vivachange77 says:

    Beautiful pictures of the doors.

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  10. Bee Halton says:

    That is a really beautiful museum. Love your pictures. I won’t take part this week. Life happened and house is bought at last :-). It might need a while until I can come back to any blog events.

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  11. Great stuff; in movies they say the sequels do not do justice to the first episode but you just showed us that in door posts, sequels are better that the first post. I hope the European Door Historians didn’t see these abandoned doors or they might file a claim and ask for them back. Good job, Norm!

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  12. Wow! These just keep getting better! This is indeed a fantastic place, and full of amazing doors that you are so kind to share with us.

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  13. Geen Geenie says:

    This is a particularly nice selection of picturesque portals! And I finally managed to make a doors post of my own. I seem to have a soft spot for doors to nowhere/the ghosts of doors….

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  14. slfinnell says:

    Definitely Not a tourist trap! NYC should be proud. And pat on the back to you as well 🙂

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  15. katieprior says:

    Wow, a museum full of beautiful doors. I guess you liked it there! 😉

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  16. Oh, I love these doors. Great collection.

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    Wow – where do I start? Just when I think I’ve picked a favourite among favourites, you drop another fabulous door on us. Even after going back through them several times, I still can’t.
    From your photos, I’m getting a sense of what this visit to the Cloisters was really like. The stories each one of them could tell … if they could talk.

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  18. jesh stg says:

    Whenever we take a trip up North I definitely like to visit there. Reminds me so much of Europe. The 5th and 6th doors are on the top of my list, but so are the last three frames. Thanks for posting these, Norm!

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  19. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I’ve really been enjoying your pictures of The Cloisters. It’s almost as good as being there. My last visit was more than 15 years ago–time for a return. At least I know it will look just about the same as last time.

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  20. Cee Neuner says:

    How do you find so many cool doors. You always amaze me.

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  21. Nato says:

    Wow! What a great bunch of doors! I agree, they do belong in the museum. What a classy and powerful presence they give off. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. dimlamp says:

    Lots of doors here, interesting collection.

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  23. Oh my word! What an amazing place. They would have to throw me out at closing time if I were there. Beautifully photographed, Norm.

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  24. joey says:

    So, so, so lovely, this second round. I love the second one, the metal gate, so very much. Also, the smaller wooden door along the stone wall with the bench. But they’re really all wonderful and I’m glad you’ve shared them with us 🙂

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  25. Wow, Norm these doors are beautiful! I especially like grilled door and the really, really tall one!

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  26. The doors, stone work, and carvings are all wonderful!

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  27. marianallen says:

    Thank you so much for this return visit to The Cloisters. If they would let me live there, I would. Wonder if I could hide out somewhere and haunt the place while I’m still alive….

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  28. Norm, I wish these were in Philadelphia so that I could easily see them while visiting our daughter!! This is the first post I saw this morning and what a magnificent way to begin the day.


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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Janet, glad you enjoyed it. New York is not THAT far from Philly is it? Maybe while visiting your daughter one extra-long weekend you could make a little detour 😉


  29. Judith says:

    These are beautiful doors but the setting looks just a bit too crisp and clean for such ancient, weathered entrances!

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  30. Dan Antion says:

    These doors are just amazing, Norm. I can understand your getting caught in the moment. I really like the iron weave door, but they are all so beautiful. I will repeat these doors, on my page, at some point, maybe in 2017. the photos that you’ve shared have moved it up on my list of places to see. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the work involved in moving these across the world.

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  31. I see that you’ve found a way to come here without coming here. 🙂 These are magnificent.

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  32. That really is the motherlode….

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  33. I’m at a loss for adjectives to describe this post. These are massive, historic doors displaying amazing architecture to say the very least. I think I need to make a visit. 🙂

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