Thursday Doors: Carved Doors

I was not at all surprised to find a plethora of door pictures among the hundreds of images I took when visiting San Miguel de Allende. After all, spending seven weeks exploring a colonial Mexican town known for its beauty, history, and culture of art (both old and new), is bound to keep my camera busy.

After going through my images and picking the ones that I thought were most interesting, I still had way too many to share in a single post. To avoid door-overload (is that even possible?), I have put them into groups (carved, rounded, weathered, opened, decorated, and not doors), each of which will be shared over the coming weeks.

My carved door group has the greatest number of images. Some of the doors were very old (and most likely restored) and some were of more recent vintage. All were works of art.

Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal is one of the most spectacular examples of 17th-century civil architecture in the region. The inner courtyard of this magnificent mansion now displays high-quality shows by important Mexican artists and is open to the public.
Who wouldn’t want to come home to this?
I loved the intricate carving and the beautiful blue-green wash.
These doors need some care but they are still beautiful
So many of the doors of private homes made me want to see inside.
I’m pretty sure this was a garage door… a bit nicer than the one on my house.
These were some of the happiest doors we saw.
These beautifully carved doors were just off the main square and provided a backdrop for lots of selfies.

Donโ€™t forget to head on over to Normโ€™s blog to view his collection of doors, then click on the blue frog at the end of his post to see what others have shared.

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71 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Carved Doors”

  1. Beautiful doors, Janis. I wonder why we don’t have doors like that in North America. My favourite is the third one with the blue-green wash.

    1. Unfortunately, the big box home improvement stores here make it too easy to buy a generic door, bring it home, and install it. Although Home Depot (sadly) has arrived in a few places in Mexico, I think there is a special door pride that still encourages people to look for something different. I liked that blue door too, Karen, and the star light above makes it even better.

  2. How lucky are you to have spent seven weeks exploring here. What a stunning collection of art; the colors, the materials and the intricacy of each had me drooling ๐Ÿคค through this post. I donโ€™t see much but thatched huts these days, so thank you for transporting me to such magnificence.

    1. Thatched huts certainly have their place but they probably aren’t very intricate. I’m so glad you commented because I can’t seem to leave a comment on your blog (although I did receive an email notification of your post… so, yay) and I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your photos and reading about your newest adventure.

      1. There was a slight snafu with commenting on my blog due to a plug-in issue – all sorted now. Thank you so much for attempting to comment and for your lovely compliments here.

  3. Oh my! These doors are more deserving of a category called Doors as Art! They make our utilitarian doors look dreadful in comparison. It is pretty hard to pick a favourite from among this offering, but I would choose the blue one in the 3rd photo. Combined with the starburst light, this is a door I would love to come home to each day!

  4. I like all of these doors. The carving is amazing. Nothing like what I see around me, but if I did see doors like these every day I’d be a happy camper all the time.

  5. There is no such thing as door overload! Loved this post as I remember many of these same doors from our visit to San Miguel. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m glad you feel that way because I have many more to share ๐Ÿ™‚ . These doors are pretty memorable so I’m not surprised that you remember several of them (you probably took a few pictures of them too).

  6. Janis, wow. What an assortment of artistry. I love the whole building in your first picture. Thanks for sharing. Keith

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Janis. There is something about these doors that make a statement which is more than just ‘Welcome’. They are so stately aren’t they. Loved your photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. These are amazing doors Janis – judging from the number of comments and likes, to answer your question … no there cannot be too many doors posts.

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