The humble door… every building has one, but many go unnoticed.
We decided to take a look at some of the world’s most famous doors, ranging from the spectacular, to the tiny, to the make-believe. How many do you recognise? (Answers at the bottom).
1. A prime example of a famous door…
2. You shouldn’t need too many clues to figure this one out…
3. These doors are only opened during ‘Jubilee Years’.
4. These doors tell the story of a famous Christopher…
5. A trip to Middle Earth (or New Zealand) is necessary to see this one.
6. Named after a founding father…
7. The most spectacular doors in Florence (and that’s saying something!)
8. A vivid symbol of a particular Irish city…
9. A signature scent…
10. Stepping through these doors will take you on a journey of discovery.
11. Have a set of doors seen more drama?
12. Boo! (Literally)
How many did you recognise? Top marks if you got all 12!
- 10 Downing Street – Residence of the British Prime Minister
- 221B Baker Street – Residence of Sherlock Holmes
- The Holy Doors of St Peter’s Basilica – These doors are ceremoniously opened during Jubilee years designated by the Pope.
- The Columbus Doors – A pair of massive bronze doors modeled by sculptor Randolph Rogers for the East Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. They depict events from the life of Christopher Columbus.
- The Hobbit Door – Residence of Bilbo Baggins.
- The Peacock Doors – These doors can be found inside the lobby of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, through the Monroe entrance. They were designed and built by Louis Comfort Tiffany and pay homage to Chicago’s first Jewellery business founded by Elijah Peacock.
- The Gates of Paradise – A pair of gilded bronze doors designed by the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti. For centuries these doors were the eastern entrance to the Florence Baptistery, however, in recent years the original doors have been moved to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and modern replicas have been installed in the Baptistery.
- Dublin’s Georgian Doors – There are many rumours surrounding the appearance of Dublin’s colourful Georgian Doors, but whatever the initial reasoning, today they are hugely popular and spotted everywhere around the city.
- The Elizabeth Arden Red Door – Miss Elizabeth Arden opened the first Red Door salon on Fifth Avenue in 1910.
- The Tardis Doors – A key feature of the Doctor Who TV Series, taking the Doctor to all kinds of weird and wonderful destinations.
- The Rovers Return Doors – These doors have been an iconic part of Coronation Street for years. More recently the public have been able to see them first hand on the ‘Coronation Street Tour’.
- The Monsters Inc Door – The door which leads Sulley and Mike to Boo’s room.