Thursday Doors, 3/1/19: Rome

Welcome to the first Thursday on my new blog. We shall celebrate this occasion with a Rome’s basilica and its particular couple of doors.

Thursday has spelled doors for so long now that I must resume blogging for this reason alone, if not for any other. I’m in the habit of showing you my doors on this day and the force is strong.

On Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day or whatever you call it, amore took me to the city. In this case, the city was Rome and we had a stroll around the Termini station, the main train station in Rome. I suppose that’s why this basilica right next to it, called The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs, is a popular tourist spot.

It is a fascinating place, built in the 16th Century in the swimming pool of the Baths of Diocletian following the designs of Michaelangelo Buonarotti. Its entrance is particular and since 2006 guarded by bronze doors designed by Polish-born sculptor Igor Mitoraj.

However, when our Norm the Door Inspector visited his overseas provinces, it was closed for reconstruction. Somebody wishes him to return.

And don’t get me started on the grand beauty once you enter. It will have to wait for another post.

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.


  1. We spent a week in Rome a few years ago and I remember a tour guide saying that you could spend a lifetime studying the city and still not uncover all her secrets. It’s such a fascinating place with interesting details literally everywhere … and this basilica is another one. The faces embedded in the door are eery. They give me the impression of eternal suffering, however I doubt that was the intent.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. The guide’s words sound just what I feel sometimes too. So I’m taking it easy. Might feel like suffering from the outside but to enter is a revelation. I was in a hurry but the impression is lasting.

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  2. You got some great shots. When we were there we saw from a distance that it was all fenced off. Now I wish we had gotten a little closer so I could have gotten some shots of those amazing doors through the fencing. But it was hot and I was tired…well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😉
    I’m glad you got to see it up close.


    1. Oh, Norm, the first and only spam was this comment of yours! I quickly rescued it to teach WP some manners. 😉 Your excuse is more than valid, I know how hot it can be in Rome. Anyway, you’ll be back. 😉 Welcome to my new blog!

      Also, I just realised that in this theme my captions are not visible if you watch the photos in the gallery. That’s bad! Nobody will read them now! And I can’t make nice collages. :p

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  3. It does look a bit like an amusement park entrance! Is there a haunted house inside? 😛

    The neighbour of the neighbour is my favourite though, especially after I noticed the little pigeon posing next to it. It amazes me that the same pigeons are found all over the world.

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    1. Thank you, Pistachios, good to see you on my new blog. Yes, I left that pigeon in on purpose. They certainly get around. 🙂 As for the church, once you enter you are completely blown away by the aesthetic, serenity and beauty. And that is if you are not religious, I can’t even imagine how it must be for believers.

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