Doors are more than simple entrances into our homes and businesses; they are often a statement of what will be found beyond the door. Today we look at some of the famous historical doors from around the world.
At the heart of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. is its famous Rotunda, instantly recognizable to every American. What many may not recognize are the equally famous doors, which open into the Rotunda, The Columbus Doors. These gigantic doors are nearly 17 feet tall and made of bronze, weighing nearly 20,000 pounds. They depict the life of Christopher Columbus and were created by New York artist Randolph Roger in the mid 1800′s in Rome. Installed in the 1863, the doors were moved to their current location in 1871 to be the new main entrance to the Rotunda. These beautiful doors depict scenes from Christopher Columbus’ life.
One of the world’s most famous doors is also one of the most simple in design, that of Number Ten Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime minister of Great Britain. This plain 6-panel black oak door features the number 10 painted in the center and rests beneath a semicircular fanlight window. The door is constantly guarded by a policeman and can only be opened from the inside. Beneath the number 10 is a black iron knocker shaped as a lion’s head. The current door is a replacement for the original which was moved after World War II and is currently housed in the Churchill Museum in London.
Probably the most beautifully adorned and intricate famous doors in all the world hang at the entrance to the Fes’ Royal Palace in Morocco. Here 7 golden gates mark the entrance, shining a small glimpse to the beauty held within. These gigantic brass doors are a major tourist attraction in the area. The King of Morocco uses this palace when visiting Fes, which contains beautiful gardens, painted ceilings, and private mosques. However you’ll have to take our word for it as these doors have never been open to the public and most likely never will be.