Life Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in Berat, Albania

The first castle of Berat was built on a craggy hilltop in the 4th century BC. It overlooks the fertile valley of the River Osum. The present citadel dates from the 13th century, the Byzantine period. Within the castle walls, people still have their homes (although many have been turned into guest houses). In the 15th century, there used to be 35 churches here, but only ten survive. The most famous church is the “Dormition of Saint Mary Cathedral, which is now a museum housing a fabulous collection of ikons. Sadly, the authorities do not permit photography inside.

Squat double doors, patched below.
Yes, this is the back entrance to a church
I guess that once there were doors in this church wall but these have been blocked.
Another church door in Berat.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

7 replies on “Thursday Doors in Berat, Albania”

With this much of a rich history, you were bound to find lots of interesting doors in this place. There’s something about your shot of the back entrance to the church that keeps drawing me in.


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