Thursday Doors – March 14, 2019

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 your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

The Doors (doorways actually) of Pompeii

For history buffs the ancient Roman city of Pompeii is a magical place to visit.

Easily accessible via the Circumvesuviana commuter rail line from Naples, the site is an archaeological treasure that is still being excavated today.

It was a surreal feeling walking into this place on a drizzly gray morning.

Having read various historical accounts and seen documentaries about what happened here on that fateful day in 79 AD, the ruins of Pompeii have fascinated me since I was a little boy.

For door lovers however, one thing to remember is that when you see/hear the word ‘ruins’ chances are the place is going to be a little light on actual doors 😉

One of the few actual doors I found was this door to a caretakers building. And no, it certainly is not part of the 2000 year-old ruins.

I won’t bore you all with a long recounting of the history that most already know, but the basics go something like this:

Rather fitting to see a ghost door in a ghost town.

Pompeii was a prosperous Roman port town with a population of about 2000 when a sudden violent volcanic eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius wiped out the town and its inhabitants, burying everything in over 20 ft (6m) of volcanic ash and pumice.

Rediscovered in the late 1740’s, for the last 270 years or so archaeologists have been excavating the site, leading to some fascinating insights about daily life in ancient Roman times.

For example, this might seem odd at first but this hand carved hole cut into the edge of a curb makes perfect sense as the ancient equivalent of a hitching post. A place to tie up livestock for a few minutes while stopping to conduct business or step into a shop on one of the town’s busier streets.

The skies cleared as the morning turned to afternoon, making for some wonderful shots of the town site and its ruins.

Mount Vesuvius ominously standing watch in the distance.

We explored the remains of fancy homes containing great artwork,

and mosaic tiled floors,

The predominant thought running through my head all day long: “This was done 2000 years ago!”

back alleys,

thermal baths,

various businesses and shops,

and temples

Buildings and areas that are deemed too fragile or unstable for visitors are gated or fenced off.

But the site is so huge and there is so much to see that the few fences, ropes, and gates are hardly noticed.

The number of artifacts uncovered so far is now into the tens of thousands and many of the larger ones are catalogued and stored on shelving outdoors.

The plaster casts made of those who died and were buried under all of that ash are among the most popular (and most morbid) attractions.

Though admittedly this was not the greatest place for doors, visiting Pompeii was not only a humbling experience, for me it was a life-long dream come true.

Thanks for stopping in and joining me on this tour 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

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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91 Responses to Thursday Doors – March 14, 2019

  1. Pistachios says:

    Looks like Pompeii is an amazing place to visit! I actually don’t know much about the history, etc, and was never keen on going because I’ve heard mixed opinions about whether it’s “worth it”. Your photos have convinced me to add it to my travel wish-list though, even if there aren’t many actual doors 😉


  2. dennyho says:

    Just fabulous, lucky you!!!


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  4. Thank you for sharing your visit to Pompeii. It must have been amazing to stand with so much history.


  5. aj vosse says:

    Cool post – just btw, that place gave me the creeps… big time!
    I recently found an old sketch pad – I’d mostly done line drawing around the place while the family were exploring…

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  6. Amy says:

    There’s so much phenomenal history here!! Thanks for taking us on the tour Norm!

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  8. Prior... says:

    Love this post – that last door closed off like that is chilling.
    And I have some translucent doors this week.
    Wishing you a nice weekend, Norm

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  9. I loved Pompeii but didn’t have enough time to do the full tour of the site much less take door photos like you did. I think that shot of the plaster cast bodies with your reflections was really cool, my favorite! Great captures, Norm!

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  10. That must have been fascinating. Our local Museum of Natural History had a Pompeii exhibit a few years ago, but to see the actual location, with Mount Vesuvius is the background, would give me goosebumps. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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  11. Even though there were some ghost doors, it’s still really cool. Love the tile floor.

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  12. I had to think about this post for 24 hours. We visited here when we were in Italy. I was extremely tired and couldn’t face the history so I sat is out. It’s always challenging to experience up close and personal certain parts of our history. You certainly covered Italy on your tour, and that is a good thing.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. We did cover a fair amount of ground but we paced ourselves nicely to avoid burning me out. 3-4 day in each area was a good balance between see a lot and stick around to soak it in 🙂

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  13. Ally Bean says:

    What a fascinating place to visit. I think of Pompeii from an episode of Dr. Who. Not the most accurate way to learn about history, but one that did make me curious about Pompeii. What it was, what it is now. Your photos are great. So amazing that you walked among these ruins.

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  14. Fabulous shots of beautiful Pompeii. I loved visiting it, but felt very sad to see what was left of the city and its population. And all the while, there, in the distance, stood Mount Vesuvius with its dormant volcano. Such an imposing and presence…

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  15. Junieper2 says:

    The artwork looks so “modern!” That is awesome that your life long dream came true! Nowadays the weather is still something we can’t quite control …

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  16. joey says:

    We see a lot of cool stuff, educational and interesting sites and sights here on #ThursdayDoors, but this must surely take the cake. Pompei. I mean really, that’s awesome! Thank you for the photo tour.

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  17. lindasschaub says:

    The doorways are interesting, but also the cobblestone streets (they are huge stones), the mosaic tiled floors and the architecture … nothing beats these ancient buildings.

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  18. Helen Bushe says:

    Thank you for this tour of Pompeii. I was lucky enough to visit there a number of years ago, but don’t have good photos from trip. These are a feast for the eyes!

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  19. marianallen says:

    I would love to visit Pompeii! Thanks for taking me on a virtual journey. I probably enjoyed it much more than I would actually traveling. And I didn’t have to leave my cats!

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  20. Jackie says:

    Pompeii is on my list for my next visit to Rome.

    I’m celebrating the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.

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  21. jazzytower says:

    It’s amazing to realize that the whole place was covered under 20 feet of gunk. All held in time.
    A good post.


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  22. slfinnell says:

    How could you Not do a post on Pompeii???!!! Most definitely enjoyed this share! Link for me:

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  23. JT Twissel says:

    Some great shots – you caught the sorrow. Especially like the shot with Vesuvius in the background.

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  24. Gattina says:

    That’s a little creepy door, maybe there are skeletons behind ? My link

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for visiting and linking, and welcome to #ThursdayDoors.
      I did go over to check out your post but for the life of me I could not figure out how to leave a like or a comment. That first door is quite breathtaking though 🙂


      • Gattina says:

        Strange ! It’s so easy. Just under the post is written : “posted by Gattina …. comments :
        For the next time maybe. Indeed the doors in this Palace is St. Petersburg wered stunning !


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  26. Thanks for the tour, I was taken just looking at your beautiful photos thinking about the folks who lived there

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  27. Almost Iowa says:

    Thanks Norm, for a visitor view of the city. Most of the images one sees are scripted views. It is refreshing to see something less staged.

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  28. How wonderful to fulfill a lifelong goal and in such an amazing place, Norm. I’ve always been fascinated by it, too. I love the shots you took, especially the street scene with Vesuvius in the distance.

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  29. What an amazing, haunting, and humbling place. Thanks for sharing.
    My contrib:

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  30. drkottaway says:
    Love the Pompei photographs. I visited years ago, when I was 19.

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  31. Thank you for going there for me too, I don’t believe I’ll do it any day soon. I like it how you spot doors everywhere, you have yourself as well trained as all of us. 😉

    Here are mine from Massa Marittima, but from my first visit with my parents. You can see how many you remember. 😉

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  32. Sherry Felix says:

    Wonderful post Norm. I love the ghost door. My contribution:

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  33. I’m a history buff who’s also fascinated by Pompeii. I visited in the mid-seventies (yes, some of us were actually alive then), so I don’t remember everything and as my photos are on slides, I haven’t seen them in years. But it was an amazing experience. Thanks so much for letting me see some of Pompeii once again. I don’t care about doors or not; I just loved re-visiting.

    My doors are from France again this week and can be found here:


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  34. I have been to Pompeii several times over the past 40 years. Each time, a little more is revealed. Herculaneum is special, too. Some good photos, given the lack of doors, Norm. I learned recently that those Pompeians who fled north, TOWARDS the erupting Vesuvius, were more likely to survive than those who ran away from the volcano, because of the direction of the pyroclastic flow and ash. Historians discovered surnames common in Pompeii in Naples and towns to the north, but very few in the south.
    My link is rather attenuated this week – not many interesting doors in rural Zambia.

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  35. Lynn says:

    We visited Pompeii a few years ago, followed by a climb up Mount Vesuvius. It is an incredible site to exper, one where we all felt an overwhelming sense of quiet while meandering through the site, reflecting on what happened here.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      You nailed it Lynn. Even though by mid-day the place was crawling with tourists from all over, almost without exception everyone was quiet and reflective. It is a humbling place.
      By the way, I went over and commented on your latest post a while back but it looks like it may have been caught up in the WP spam filter. You may need to go to the “comments” section of your WP dashboard and release me from spam prison. Cheers!

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  36. Joanne Sisco says:

    Reading through this post was like revisiting Pompeii all over again and it left me with the same shivers as I suspiciously eyed Mount Vesuvius in your photo.
    Like you, I was fascinated by the intricate mosaics. Yes – a post about ghost doors in this ghost town is very appropriate.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. It was such a strange feeling walking around this place and seeing how people lived there so long ago.


      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I remember that feeling. It was kind of creepy – and all of the city buried for so long under all that ash. The thing that struck me was how large the city was. This was not a small village – and they continue to excavate more.


  37. Dan Antion says:

    I love this tour, Norm. It may be a collection of ghost doors, but, as you point out, the ghosts are 2,000 years old. Seeing it is wonderful. Strolling around must have been like stepping back in time. Thanks for sharing these photos.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. It was a surreal feeling stepping back in time like that.
      BTW I added your link in your comment. I usually delete the pingbacks as I make my way up the list double-checking to make sure I visited everyone’s post.
      I’m hoping to have a new link-up in place for next week but I just haven’t had enough time to experiment with the ones I found so I can make a decision yet.

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  38. Debbie Smyth says:

    A great tour of an amazing place. I’m in a place with fascinating history too, but I’ve been grabbed by the graffiti (as frequently happens to me!)

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  39. Gwen Plano says:

    Wow…extraordinary photos. I loved the caretaker’s door, even though it is not part of the ruins.

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  40. Junieper2 says:

    Linking to Thurs. Doors on your epic historic post on doors! Here’s mine. Like usual, will come back later in the day!

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