Thursday Doors – May 21, 2020

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). 

Montreal Church Doors 

Our lock-down regulations are gradually being lifted here and though I do intend to keep a good distance from everyone until we have an effective vaccine, with any luck I think I’ll be able to get out for a doorscursion soon. With that in mind hopefully these will be the last of my recycled doors for awhile.

Anyone who admires doors knows that places of worship more than pull their weight when it comes to delivering lovely doors.

In doing a quick online search I discovered that the island of Montreal alone, has over 650 places of worship. At a pace of one per week that would be enough to keep a door lover busy for over a dozen years!


Obviously not all of them are picture-worthy, but over the years I’ve found more than a few that warranted a quick stop and a walk-around.

This post contains mostly facade shots of some of my favourites.

In many cases I don’t remember their names but I could lead you to each one of them without getting lost 😉

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours – Old Montreal

On the Catholic side this is one of the ‘Big-Three’ – Mary Queen of the World Basilica.

I loved catching a cyclist in the foreground on this one…in the middle of winter!

If you’ve ever visited Montreal or are ever planning to, this is the one that everyone visits and for good reason. The inside leaves most first-time visitors speechless. None of my own interior shots do it justice but the one on their main webpage will give you a good idea.

Saint-James United on Ste-Catherine Street. This beautiful facade was hidden behind the entrance to another building for almost 100 years!

When the sun hits the gold statue atop this one at just the right angle….

In looking through my old posts I figure I only have about 600 more to visit, so hopefully I can get busy again soon 😀

To share your Thursday Doors post this week just paste your link in the comments section below so that others can visit and have a look at your door discoveries. Remember: you have until noon eastern North American time on Saturday to add your link.

And while you’re here please do take the time to visit some of the other Thursday Doors posts shared by our contributors. Just click on a few of the links you’ll find in the comments below.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

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

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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96 Responses to Thursday Doors – May 21, 2020

  1. Librarylady says:

    Hi Norm, you’re right about church doors, they are some of my favorites. I used to think you had to be in Europe to find doors like these, but since I’ve started noticing I know I was wrong. I’ve got a few church doors for you in this post. Thanks for your fun blog.


  2. Love the churches and church doors.

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  3. Sherry Felix says:

    The church doors are grand.
    My contribution this week is a bit of history – Chumley’s:


  4. scooj says:

    Some real beauties there, but not all of them what I might call welcoming. Some are rather austere, but then religion is a serious business I suppose.

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  5. Aimer Boyz says:

    That dark arched door, with the leaves falling over it…fantastic shot!

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  6. Timeless beauties; you can recycle them every year and they would still look great!

    Here’s my contribution for this week:

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  7. lolaWi says:

    the churches look gorgeous with stunning church doors! thank you! here is my contribution:

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  8. Thanks for the great door walk, Norm. I liked the perspective of the first photo especially. And great to get a bicyclist in there, too! Brrr, but I think if it’s how you get around, you just get out and go…hope you are able to venture out soon.

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  9. slfinnell says:

    It’s no wonder your Thursday Doors has been surrounded by loyal admirer’s. Enjoyed the archive posts and enjoyed sharing with the fam who have become fans as well.
    My link:

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  10. These are extremely handsome doors, and I’m partial to that lovely bluish green one with the black trim. It’s strange to think they are all closed to those who would so much like to visit and pray. Strange times, but glad you are well and things are loosening up like they are here. Now, if we can all just stay well and keep those dastardly stats from rising.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. We’re opening up a bit too fast for my taste but I’ll be doing everything I can to stay safe and healthy until we have an effective vaccine.
      I do miss my people though 🙂

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      • Don’t you wonder how long the line will be to get a vaccine. I hope this is one of those rare times, they let us ‘old’ folks go first. 🙂

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        • Norm 2.0 says:

          There’s an online appointment reservation system for my regular fall flu vaccine that works well for me. It gets me in and out pretty quick, and except for the mandatory 15 minutes in the waiting area afterwards to ensure against side effects, no people around. I’m sure they could adopt something similar for an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. I agree it would make more sense for the most vulnerable to go first 😃

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  11. Stunning church doors… love how you’ve captured their beauty. Here is my entry for the challenge

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  12. .lily says:

    A lot of really great doors there, I really like the green door.

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  13. Wow, great shots, Norm. I looked and looked but couldn’t decide on a favorite, all of the facades and doors are magnificent. I would love to visit Montreal someday. I hope you are able to get out for a doorscursion soon! 🙂

    Here’s my post for this week:

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  14. anitashope says:

    I do love church doors. They all seem to out-do one another. Great photos you have of these.

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  15. Linda Schaub says:

    Beautiful doors Norm and I like the perspective of looking up from the ground at these tall and stately churches. The Notre Dame Basilica is beautiful, exquisite inside. My mom and grandmother used to talk about going to St. Anne de Beaupre. My grandfather was born in Saint-Jerome and they went to visit relatives a few times before I was born.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Linda. A few years ago I did a series door posts from the Basilica at Ste. Anne de Beaupré. The etched bronze main doors on that one are spectacular to see.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s what my mother and grandmother said. We had a family friend who was in the Korean War and told himself if he made it home alive, he would make pilgrimage to Ste. Anne’s every year thereafter, which he did until he was too old to make that long drive every year. He said it was beautiful as well.

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  16. They are all beautiful.

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  17. jazzytower says:

    These are beautiful. I especially loved that first one. The angle on the shot makes the door look like it’s bellying-out😊


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  18. Oh yes, I’d love to see all of these for myself. I especially love the ones that appear to be looming. And that white tree.

    Here is part 2 of my Vitorchiano door saga and the end is not in sight.

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  19. Joanne Sisco says:

    Churches have cornered the market on being spectacular in so ways – doors just being one of them. I suspect this is only a small fraction of the churches you’ve visited over the years, but each one you’ve selected is a beauty. The Notre-Dame Basilica is a WOW – inside and out!

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  20. Church doors always make a good subject.
    This week I have been to the pub in Ireland…

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  21. JT Twissel says:

    Some real beauties. I’ve seen a couple of those churches but my pictures aren’t nearly as good. We were in always in a rush to get here or there!

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  22. DrJunieper says:

    You had these in your archives?? Am envious! Love love love the first shot. Looking so professional! Also admire the third, and the one with the red door, and the one with the statue of the tree (the likeness with the real trees next, is amazing!)

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  23. Photographias says:

    Enjoy your doorscursion when you can 🙂
    Here is mine:

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  24. SoyBend says:

    I liked the perspective in your first shot. The building looks so tall and commanding.

    Here is my contribution today. A cool dragon door!

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  25. What a wonderful selection this week, Norm! All recycling should be so beautiful. 🙂 My favorites are the first door and then that blue one. I’m staying local this week.


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  26. Debbie Smyth says:

    Wow! The Basilique interior is stunning. And my favourite image in your lovely door collection this week is the green one before the Basilique.
    I’ve just got one this week, but there’s a lot of history behind it:

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Debbie. Yes the Basilique still manages to take my breath away even though I’ve visited the building countless times. It is truly special to experience it in person.


  27. marianallen says:

    How beautiful! I love the one with the green-ish dome-ish steeple, but all of them are spectacular. My post today has one picture to go with a short story for Story A Day May.

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  28. Church Doors are Spectacular! Nothing so dramatic for me this week…….Not as close as I’d like, but the doors are showing!

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  29. Marla says:

    This week I’m torn and can’t decide which is my favourite. It’s a tie between the first door and the little wooden door with the rounded top (and the greenery around it). Both are a treat!

    My door this week is from a religious site of another kind, Le Grande Mosquée in Paris:

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  30. Sheree says:

    Churches provide such a reliable stash of doors

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  31. Such a wide variety of design, Norm. My favourite is the eight one down, I love the angle you shot it from and the colour of the door is fab. Here’s my contribution this week, thanks.

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  32. Dan Antion says:

    Now you have me curious, Norm. I wonder how many Congregational churches there are in New England.

    There is something special about church doors. These are beautiful. I love the sense of scale the cyclist adds to that photo. That church is huge!

    We had similar thoughts today, or similar hopes about getting back out for new door photos. My doors are mostly utility cabinets – as seen while walking the pup.

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  33. Holy Church Doors, Batman! What a selection. I’m coming to the end of my Venetian doors now

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  34. Jeanne says:

    Beautiful! Now to see what doors are in my photo rolls. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼


  35. Teresa says:

    Church doors are always amazing. Here is mine for this week.

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  36. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos of beautiful doors. I am intrigued by how all the cathedrals have so many steps leading up to them. Seems dangerous, seems meaningful.

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  37. Love all of these grand buildings and your photos of their doors. My two favorite photos are at the top when it seems that you are leaning — nice perspective!

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  38. Here’s mine for this week Norm. It’s by the same Dude that did the pink famingo piece that I posted a few weeks ago.

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  39. You’re going with les classiques today? All seasons seem to be represented. I really like that first one, with the green leaves spreading around the spire.

    Views through doors from me this week:

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  40. TiongHan says:

    Totally adore the perspective on your first 3 holy doors Norm! Of those, the first is my favorite by far

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