Thursday Doors: Gravensteen Part 2

I hadn’t planned on writing a door post today, and yet here I am.

I had promised another look at the amazing doors within the castle of Gravensteen in Ghent, Belgium. If you missed part 1, you can view it here.

View of Ghent from the top of Gravensteen … before the rain started.

I have no additional story to accompany today’s photos. Just some interesting doors that caught my eye as we roamed through this imposing structure.

Admittedly, some photos are better than others, but it gives you an idea of how many different doors there were in this one building. Obviously a door-lover had to have been involved in the construction.

One last look at Gravensteen before I say good-bye to this wonderful castle.

Thursday Doors is a weekly photo event that is the brainchild of Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0. This is a place where door-lovers gather to share and appreciate the beautiful and quirky doors we find in our travels.

51 comments

  1. Those are wonderful! No place for the OCD sufferer, though. That’s what I love about vernacular architecture–you build it the way it works with what you have. Kinda how I write. πŸ˜€

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  2. What an amazing place to take photos. All those dark foreboding nooks and crannies with light coming in through small windows at weird angles. You must have had a blast.

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  3. Joanne, I felt like we were on a set of Game of Thrones when we visited Gravensteen. It was never used by the production company, but it would have been perfect for a few of the torture scenes. Loved every inch of that place and your photographs of those amazing doors captured its essence perfectly.

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    • I abandoned Game of Thrones after the first season because I found it too violent. It’s one thing to read it (I read GoT to book 6) but seeing in on the screen was too much for me.
      I can see how it would make an excellent location for a movie set!

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  4. Terrific collection of doors. The first one for me though is the “winner”. I really love all that texture and accompanying character. Such a gorgeous castle. That shot of the arches is stellar!

    Peta

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    • Thanks so much Peta. I really liked the way the light was coming in on that first door and the room with the arches was spectacular!! It was a challenging room to take photos in but I’m glad I was able to capture some of its magic.

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  5. Awesome photographs. How is that as a Belgian national I have never noticed the beauty of my own country??? I must put Gent (as we spell it in Dutch) on my list of must-see-destinations… OK, I admit, up till now and looking at this blog, the door fascination has eluded me, but I am hooked… Those doors have stories to tell!!!

    Lieve

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    • The thing about doors is that once you start noticing them, it becomes an obsession… and it sounds like you now have the bug πŸ™‚

      It’s so true that we often fail to see what we have in our own backyards. I think you will be blown away by the treasures you find at home!
      My only disappointment is that we didn’t get to spend more time there. We had only one day and it poured rain. Even in the downpour it looked beautiful!

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    • I think the restoration of this castle was well done. Like you, I thought the stonework was beautiful … although not very ‘warm’ πŸ˜‰
      I quite liked the last photo with all the different stone and bricks. It’s a real patchwork.

      I’ve encountered doors with very high doorknobs before and they always strike me as odd-looking. I’ve never discovered whether there was a purpose or just an aesthetic.

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  6. When thinking these doors looked so somber, it dawned on me that many of these castles were also prepared for war and are meant to defend their property. Have you noticed that in Belgium they have the soft G -a very attractive sound, and much different from the Dutch G, which is like clearing one’s throat (or spitting out something, haha). The grey stone buildings look beautiful!

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