Thursday Doors – March 21, 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 Church with the (Really) Blue Doors – Part 2

Last spring when I was exploring in the town of Beaupré east of Québec City, I drove past a rather plain nondescript church.

Simple modern lines, newish looking stone facade. It was okay to look at but my first impression was decidedly m’eh.

I reached a roundabout a short way down the road and something was telling me to circle back and take another look.

As I tried to figure out what was suddenly drawing me in for a second peek,  it became obvious to this door lover: the dark blue colour of these doors on l’Eglise Notre-Dame-Du-Saint-Rosaire was highly unusual for a church in these parts.

I mean as far as I can tell, blue doors of any shade are highly unusual on a church, period.

The only other time I remember seeing it was on a church closer to home that I blogged about here in Mascouche. And I’ll be darned if that one didn’t have the same name.

So now I’m down a rabbit hole trying to find out if two churches of the same name both having blue doors is just a co-inkydink or if there’s a connection between Our Lady of the Rosary and the colour blue.

If anyone else has some insight on this please let me know.

In the meantime, isn’t this last one adorable?

I’m still unimpressed with the link-up tools I’ve been testing so once again this week you can share the link to your own Thursday Doors posts in the comments below.

As always I thank you for stopping in 🙂

Want to join in on the fun and share your own Thursday Doors post with other door lovers? Then please add the link to your Thursday Doors post in the comments section below.

Don’t forget that if you share your blog posts on social media, use the #ThursdayDoors hashtag to help others find you, and please do take a few minutes to visit some of the Thursday Door posts shared by others.


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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86 Responses to Thursday Doors – March 21, 2019

  1. Amy says:

    The doors are beautiful. I have no insight as to why they might all be that dark blue, but it suits the light stone of the church very well. And it looks also looks nice on the white little outbuilding (I like how they went for blue shingles on that as well).

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  2. joey says:

    It really is a stunning church. The stonework, ooh. I wonder about the doors. That last shot is so good. So simple and sweet — so many artful details.

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  3. jazzytower says:

    I can see how this drew you in to going back. I find it interesting that all the doors are blue. I don’t think I ever noticed that before on a church..Not the blue I mean, but all the doors being the same color. An interesting find.


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  4. nice blue doors. Yeah it is unique.

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    It wasn’t until I got to the 3rd photo that I realized the 4 panels on the doors produced a striking cross in the middle. Great catch, Norm.

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  6. I’m here by way of jazzytower, whose doors I’ve been admiring for years–I love doors, have 4 or 5 jigsaw puzzles of doors which I really enjoy doing repeatedly. Now, my question is–are we invited to share pics of doors we find anywhere–or only ones we’ve personally photographed? I’m not a photographer. Anyway, I enjoyed discovering your blog and looking at this post’s photos–the church doors always appeal to me…and it hadn’t occurred to me that blue is an uncommon color for them. There are plenty of red ones, symbolic of course. Have a great day.

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  7. Hi Norm, The only connection I could come up with between Mary (general, not specifically Our Lady of the Rosary) and blue is the following: “Mary’s dark blue mantle, from about 500 A.D., is of Byzantine origin and is the colour of an empress.” This may be the link. And speaking of links, here is mine for my first Thursday Doors contribution for 2019: (Doors of Arkadi I)

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  8. Tara says:

    Love the blue doors. Gives a little personality to something that looks like a million others.

    And I didn’t like the new link up thingy either. Why do they keep changing things that WORK? I pinged. Hoped it shows up in your comments to approve. Ping! Ping! Ping!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Exactly Tara. It makes a nice change from plain wooden doors. BTW I put your link in your comment, because I usually circle back and delete the pingback as both a double-check to make sure I didn’t miss anyone and to keep the comments clean.


  9. slfinnell says:

    Glad you went back for a closer look. Second takes are sometimes worth it.
    My link:

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  10. I love the blue doors. They seem more welcoming than plain wood ones would have been.

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  11. roninjax says:

    Very nice, clean doors and structures. Beautiful. I added a door for St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine, Florida at

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  12. LifeAmazing says:

    I’m loving the blue theme going on. Thankyou for sharing them.

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  13. JT Twissel says:

    The blue reflects the sky and the heavens, I guess. I sort of found a door this week:

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  14. seaangel4444 says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Norm! Oh, and I would just like to add that I’ll be ‘door hunting’ soon so I can get back into the Thursday Doors fun!! Thank you, Norm! Cher xo

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  15. willowdot21 says:

    Fantastic post 💜

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  16. amoralegria says:

    That deep blue is such a lovely color! The little chapel at the end was also a delight! Here is my contribution:

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  17. Wow, those blue doors are stunning, Norm! No shortage of beautiful doors in your part of the world! Here is my link today and thanks for hosting!

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  18. I like the deep blue, but it is unusual to see on a church. Matches nice with the stone and your photos did this Church well.

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  19. scooj says:

    I love it that you drove back to take a second look. I think this is what separates the curious from the rest. I often return to places I have glimpsed while passing by to check them out properly. Lovely blue.

    Here are my doors:

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  20. It is never clear where a beautiful door will waylay you. Very nice finds.

    My contribution this week:

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  21. dennyho says:

    Loving these blue doors, on a rather blue and rainy E’ville day.

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  22. Aimer Boyz says:

    Love the blue, especially the single door with the brick path leading to it, welcoming.
    No idea, about a connection between The Lady of the Rosary and blue, unless the paintings always show Mary wearing blue…

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  23. Fabulous stonework but that last one is my favourite. Blue is usually associated with Mary, Norm, but I don’t recall ever seeing any churches with blue doors, here in Ireland. Must keep an eye out now. Found this when I did an online search; “The older, classic and more representative color is dark blue,” according to the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M, director of the Marian Library-International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton. “Mary’s dark blue mantle, from about 500 A.D., is of Byzantine origin and is the color of an empress.’
    Here’s my contribution to This week’s Thursday Doors;

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  24. tgeriatrix says:

    Blue doors might be unusual for a church but I like it. Some of the doors I found are also blue:

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  25. drkottaway says:

    I thought blue is associated with Mary. But I don’t know the association with doors. Lovely pictures and here is a blue gate to go with your blue doors.

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  26. I’m wouldn’t call that an unimpressive church, Norm, but I agree that the blue doors are unusual and lovely. I look forward to finding out more, if possible, about the coinkydink or non-coinkydink. 🙂

    I have a couple of doors from the neighborhood of the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. FLW might not have designed them, but I think they’re quite something anyway.


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  27. marianallen says:

    Blue is the color of the Blessed Virgin. She’s often pictured wearing blue. The joke in the Catholic neighborhood I lived in was, if you saw an old blue car, act holy, because it was probably being driven by a nun. My doors today come from a walking doorscursion.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Marian. The overwhelming consensus here is that blue is associated with The Virgin Mary so I think that’s the most likely reason for the color choice.


  28. TCast says:

    Your blue doors are unusual and gorgeous! Here’s mine for this week!

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  29. Ally Bean says:

    Those blue doors are perfect. I like them all and wonder why I don’t see blue doors on stately buildings around here. It seems so unusual to me. 🤔

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  30. Sheree says:

    Churches are usually a source of cool doors. So are banks

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  31. I love this kind of hunches. I’d never know blue is a strange church door colour. It looks just right. I wish you happy spring, it’s coming! Here are more flowery sunny doors from Tatti:

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Manja. Around here for church doors we see a lot of natural wood and a lot of red. Blue and even funkier colors are not very common. Mind you, now that I’ve said that I’ll probably start noticing them everywhere 😀

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  32. Jackie says:

    It is certainly a very rich, majestic colour. That colour is sometimes referred to as royal blue, perhaps that has something to do with it.
    You had me intrigued so I did some googling (as one does) and found this article.
    Almost forgot my linkup!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jackie. Interesting article. I had no idea that blue was considered the “color of an empress” but from that point of reference maybe the choice of color for the doors make sense.


  33. Debbie Smyth says:

    I like the blue too, Norm, and all the arches. I’ve got some “artified” doors from London:

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  34. Dan Antion says:

    This church is beautiful, Norm. I would expect the dark color to hide some of the details, but the doors are sharp and I can see the very clean lines. I love the way the doors work with the stone and the simple fixtures. The contrasting white crosses are very sharp indeed. The Virgin Mary is often featured in blue. The Pantone color, Marian Blue is similar in tone, but much lighter than these doors, but if you search for Marian Blue images you will see this color (I hope that link works).
    As for my doors, I’m taking advantage of some friends in what has shaped up to be a very busy week. Here’s the link –

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  35. Those are some beautiful stately blue doors, and the last one is absolutely perfect. 🙂 I traveled to Georgetown, SC, to capture some handsome doors this week –

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  36. Junieper2 says:

    Love the white crosses – unusual! The blue doors are perfect with the building style of this church! Here’s my Steamers’ door –
    Thanks for hosting!

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