The Doors of Orvieto – Part #2
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you door lovers out there.
Pope Urban IV gave the go-ahead to build the Duomo in Orvieto with construction starting in 1290 and taking a little over 3 centuries to complete.
These huge bronze doors are one of the most striking features of this structure, considered to be one of the most important examples of Italian Romanesque/Gothic architecture.
This gives you an idea of the layers of texture and exhaustive detail built into the facade.
In 1309 Sienese sculptor and architect Lorenzo Maitani was brought in to get the slow-moving project on track. The horizontal striped 2-tone exterior, copied from the Duomo in Siena is his doing.
It was too beautiful a day to be cooped up indoors and after spending almost four and a half hours sitting on trains earlier in the day, we decided to keep walking around the town rather than go inside.
We explored a number of small streets and alleyways marveling at how each building had its own unique-looking door.
Of course not all doors lead into buildings…
and it’s not always just about pretty doors either 😉
In any town this old you’ll find a number of the doors that seem to have been custom-built to fit the specific slightly odd-shaped opening they fill.
Since I was stopping in front of virtually every door I walked past, rather than losing me around this corner the ladies put their stroll on idle and waited for me to catch up.
Not surprisingly this was a frequent occurrence when we were out exploring with camera in hand. My wife is patient beyond belief, and Manja is afflicted with the same door addiction as me, so the few days we spent together could best be described as “co-enabling” 😀
Next time we’ll take a look at what we found around the corner.
As always, thank you so much for looking 🙂
Note: If you notice that our Inlinkz blue frog is M.I.A. this week, that’s because I’m experimenting with their new format. We’ll try this out for a few weeks and see how it goes.
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