Here at Dream Doors Jacksonville, we’re all about a beautiful entryway. We know that doorways can be powerfully symbolic – especially for the first-time homeowner or for someone who has moved from far away, starting a new life in a new home in a new city, state or country.
That got us to thinking about famous, symbolic doors and doorways around the world. Here are a few favorites of employees and clients of Dream Doors Jacksonville:
- The Gates of Paradise: The gilded, 10-panel doors of the Florence Baptistery (formally known as the Battistero di San Giovanni) in Florence, Italy got their name from Michelangelo. Each of the ten panels features a carved scene depicting Old Testament events. It took artist Lorenzo Ghiberti and two colleagues a full 27 years to make the doors.
- Number 10 Downing Street: The address is the official residence and office of the United Kingdom’s First Lord of the Treasury (who is also the Prime Minister) and the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Government. The door is constantly guarded by British police and can be opened only from the inside. The original door was removed during World War II. The black, paneled doorway is thought to be one of the world’s most photographed.
- Coral Castle’s 9-Ton Gate: In a structural feat that continues to baffle experts today, Ed Leedskalnin spent 28 years building an impressive open-air castle before his death in 1951. Using only tools he fashioned himself and working only under the cover of night with a lantern, Leedskalnin built the castle entirely from stone – including the famous nine-ton pivoting gate that can be opened even today with just a finger’s touch, and a massive entry wall with a carved inscription that reads “YOU WILL BE SEEING UNUSUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT.” Well, that’s an understatement, particularly considering that Leedskalnin was just five feet tall and weighed in at a paltry 100 pounds. Unfortunately, the one whom Leedskalnin hoped most to impress with his Coral Castle rebuffed all of his invitations and, according to historians, never saw the grand palace, which features a heart-shaped table, a throne room, functioning rocking chairs and a Polaris telescope – all made of stone. Scuffs, 16 years old at the time, jilted Leedskalnin the night before they were set to wed. The would-be groom never married and worked to win back his love until his death. The story is the inspiration for rocker Billy Idol’s hit song “Sweet Sixteen.”
Know of any other famous doors, Jacksonville? Leave a comment on our blog.