Thursday Doors – April 27, 2017

The doors of the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, are something to admire in wonder. I posted about the basilica earlier this week but left the door photos for Norm’s Thursday doors.

  1. The main door of the Nativity entrance to the basilica is seven meters high and three meters wide. It is made of bronze and decorated with a large number of motifs from nature, such as leaves, plants, various flowers and all kinds of insects. It is predominately green, with some yellow flowers on its lower part and a band of red leaves on its upper part. I wish I wasn’t rushing so much when I took the photos, but we got tickets for the last hour of the day and, as it happened the first time we were at Sagrada Familia, it was raining! So we rushed inside.
  2. A lateral door, also on the side of the Nativity entrance, very ornate with flowers, leaves, insects, bird nests, and other small creatures, but in blue and pink colors. The forth photo shows a detail of this door. See if you can spot something.   
  3. There are other doors to the Basilica,such as the “Prayer Door, on the Passion entrance. We didn’t come in through that side this time around, so I didn’t have time to photograph them. But they are beautiful. Here are a couple of not very revealing photos from my 2012 visit. Also, in bronze, the Prayer door has the prayer “Give us this day our daily bread” inscribed in 50 languages. Some words are highlighted with gold, including Jesus, which can be seen in the photos.

Thursday Doors – Dec. 22, 2016

In 1998 sculptor Robert Graham was commissioned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create the monumental bronze doors which would serve as entryway into the planned Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles, the first major cathedral to be constructed in the United States in the new millennium. The Great Bronze doors were installed in May, 2002 and the Cathedral itself opened to the public in September, 2002. I wasn’t able to photograph the doors closed but the various shots give an idea of what they look like.oloa-web-dsc_7450 oloa-web-dsc_7455oloa-web-dsc_7457 oloa-web-dsc_7456

For Norm’s Thursday Doors.