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Cheeky? Constipated?
Door decor
Wall propped up following the earthquake 5 years ago
Doors off a narrow alleyway
More decor

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More doors from the Durbar Square in Patan.

Archway leading to a small courtyard
Lattice-work door
Marigold garland maker
Reminiscent of Durham Cathedral’s cloister
More lattice-work doors
On the other side of the door, a crack of light

Thursday Doors in Nepal 2

Sitting on the doorstep of the Royal Palace in Durbar Square, Patan. Great places to hang out and chill with your pals.
The weather was dull, so the shades were not strictly needed.
The central vertical bar of the door behind is called the astragal.
Not even historic buildings are immune from modern graffiti
Modern doors may have spy-holes. These doors have eyes.
Look at the design of the carving above the door.
This door needs a bit more renovation.
Door way with painted surrounds and hanging marigold garlands
The dark blue vehicle behind the statue of the buffalo is a mobile toilet. Men only.
Open door.

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I went to a wedding last month. In Nepal, just a few thousand miles away. The bride was my boss when I worked in Delhi with Medecins Sans Frontieres in a clinic for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. I spent ten days in Kathmandu, Patan and Pokhara, the three largest cities in the country. There were three ceremonies – Shamanic, Buddhist and Hindu – on separate days, so there was plenty of time for door seeing.

These photographs are from the ancient town of Patan (pronounced “Pah’tn” with the emphasis on the first syllable). The locals also call it “Yala” and the official name is Lalitpur. It is also known as Manigal. Just to be clear. It was severely damaged five years ago in a major earthquake, but the Royal Palaces of Durbar Square have been repaired and several temples are clad with bamboo scaffolding.

This is a small shop, not yet open for business. The doors are typical of Patan, carved dark wood. In front of the steps there is a tiny altar, flush with the brick road, on which the owners place flowers and offerings.
Close up of the door above
An old door in Durbar Square. The lady in scarlet is watching a demonstration.
Above her right shoulder is an orange deity, covered with an orange cloak.
Close up

The door jamb and header have been intricately carved with repeated designs and images of deities.

The jambs often sweep out into the brickwork like wings of the vehicle of Vishnu, Garuda. The King of Patan was the incarnation of Vishnu on Earth.

Thursday Doors South Street 2

This post is the concluding part of last week’s submission.

So, walking further down the cobbled street, down the hill…

The white structure lower left is a boot scraper
I like the overgrown steps leading to the door
Just to give the postal delivery person backache
And again. Royal blue door with perpendicular panels
This door isn’t in South Street, but in N Bailey leading up to Palace Green

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Across the River Wear from Durham Cathedral, South Street is a treasure trove for door enthusiasts.

These houses have a great view of Durham Cathedral and Castle. Yes, the street is cobbled.
Twin doors
Black and red twin doors
40 Winks guesthouse/hotel
Rather austere black door

More doors from South Street next week.

Thursday Doors in Durham

Durham is famous for its magnificent Norman cathedral, sited on a forested loop of the River Wear, next to the castle.

Study bench with a view of the Cathedral

Palace Green, between the castle and cathedral, has lots of wonderful doors. The most famous door on the cathedral has a sanctuary knocker. Unfortunately it was being renovated when I visited, but here is the “dog tooth” zigzag moulding in the door arch. And a poster describing the flaming head knocker. People seeking sanctuary had 37 days to sort out their problems before they faced justice or were banished from the kingdom for ever – transported to the port of Hartlepool to sail to the continent.

Doors on the green:

Durham Coat of Arms and the shield of the Prince Bishops

Around the cloisters, there are more doors of interest. The monks used to do their laundry here and would hang their cassocks on the stone windows. The cloisters were utilised as a location in the Harry Potter films – the quadrangle where Harry magically releases Hedwig the owl from his hands in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, and again in the “Chamber of Secrets” where Harry, Ron and Hermione learn how to turn animals into water goblets.

A modern door

Inside the cathedral, there is a door built into the huge clock.