#ThursdayDoors ‘No Intruders’ #Haiku #Spain

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature, hosted by Norm 2.0 allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. 

These are some of the gates I saw on a recent walk. It’s along a street called Avenida del Brillante, in Cordoba, Spain, which could be translated as Diamond Avenue. It was given the name because many wealthy jewellers used to live here. I’m not sure if the owners are still jewellers, but the houses are still grand!

The gates are definitely meant to keep intruders out, wouldn’t you say? But some things find their way inside despite the gates…

No Intruders

Iron bars, tall gates

Guard homes, castles, and kingdoms.

Saucy wind floats in.

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#ThursdayDoors Julio Romero de Torres Museum #Cordoba, #Spain

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Would you like to follow me inside the Julio Romero de Torres Museum?

This is the main door to the museum, which was also the house in which the painter lived. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside the building.

It’s one of the typical houses found in the Old Town, specifically in the Jewish Quarter. It’s a small museum with six large rooms of exhibits on three floors. There’s an open air patio in the centre with orange trees and ceramic tiles.

Here is Julio Romero de Torres (1874-1930), painting in his patio.

He painted mainly dark haired and olive-skinned women, often with either sorrowful or defiant expressions.

This is one of his most famous paintings ‘La Chiquita Piconera’  ‘The Little Coal Girl’.

This painting is called ‘Alegrías’. It depicts a group of cheerful women dancing a flamenco dance called ‘Alegrias’, which also means happiness.

And here we have the other side of the coin ‘¡Mira qué bonita era!’ or ‘Look how beautiful she was!’

You can take a virtual tour of the museum here, enjoy!

 

 

#ThursdayDoors The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain. Part I

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The main door of the outer walls of the Mosque. called La Puerta del Perdón, or the Door of Forgiveness.

There was originally a Visigothic Christian Basilica of Saint Vincent, on this site. Some remains are preserved inside the Mosque.  After the Muslim invasion of Spain, the church was divided into Muslim and Christian halves from 711 – 784, when Abd al-Rahman I, bought it from the Christians, demolished the original church and started building the the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

The Mosque has since undergone numerous extensions until 1236, when the building was repossessed by the Christians and used as a Catholic place of worship. The Christian conversion included the insertion of a Cathedral within the mosque in the 16th century.

More information about the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba here.

A close up of the door knockers.

The Belfry Tower, above the main door, was a Christian addition in the 13th century.

Another view of the belfry Tower of the Mosque-Cathedral taken from a nearby street.

It’s a fascinating place. It’s like looking at hundreds of years of history, offering different and complementing ideas of architecture, art, beauty and religious worship in one building.

The Mosque-Cathedral has many more doors on the outer walls and inside. I’ll be showing you others in the coming Thursdays.

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#ThursdayDoors ‘Patios’ Courtyards in Cordoba

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There’s a yearly Festivity in Cordoba, the town where I live, called the ‘Patios’ or Courtyard Festival. Families who live in traditional houses in the Old Town with central courtyards, open their homes so that tourists and visitors can look inside and enjoy their potted plants, flowers, wells, whitewashed walls and stone, cobbled, or ceramic floors. Here are a few I visited this week.

The front door is usually made of cast iron as you can see above.

Inside the iron gate is the entry and beyond the patio. Notice the columns on either side. I’m not an expert, so I can’t guarantee it, but many of the houses have ‘real’ Roman pillars, perhaps this is one of them…

Cordoba was first settled by the Romans, who named it Corduba, about a century BC. It is not surprising that these houses resemble Roman houses, Domus, which were built in this quarter, over 2,000 years ago. The style, with the central courtyard and rooms built around it has prevailed, along with the cobbled streets, mosaics and tiles.

Green is a popular colour for doors.

Most doors are made of wood and painted brown.

The plants and flowers in the patio are valued for their beauty and the shade they provide. It’s very hot in Cordoba!

Narrow double doors are popular.

This smaller patio door, probably leads to a cellar or store room.

Most houses have two floors. Would you like to walk upstairs to the top floor gallery and see some more doors?

There are many double glass doors.

If you’re wondering how the plants are watered, it’s with a small watering can on the end of a long pole as you can see here. Notice the cobbled floor in the patio. It’s hundreds pf years old!

 

This is a view of one of the streets in the Old town, where you can visit the patios I’ve shown you.

Here I am having fun visiting the Patios with my daughter.

I hope you enjoyed the doors of the patios in Cordoba!

More about the Patios, which are in the list of Unesco’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity sites,

I’m not really sure what that means, but they are a beautiful sight.

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#ThursdayDoors May Crosses and Doors in Cordoba, Spain

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May is a very festive and merry month in Cordoba, Andalusia, where I live. Last weekend the city celebrated the Festival of the May Crosses.

Crosses decorated with spring flowers are set up around the city, usually near churches, as we can see in this church door in the background.

Some of the doors are built especially for the cross, as in this case. After the three-day festival it is removed, along with the wall and the potted plants.

Although the crosses are admired for their beauty, there’s always a stand with some wine, beer and tapas nearby to celebrate the festivity, as you can see on the left of the cross.

More information about the May festivities in Cordoba here.

Next week I’ll show you some of the doors to the world-famous Patios Festival, which is a competition for the prettiest courtyard in the city. 

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#ThursdayDoors Gates Seen in Cordoba

I live in Cordoba, Spain, which is surrounded by hills, called Sierra Morena. Towards the north of the city, away from the historic Old Town and the busy modern town centre lies a residential area, where I often go for long sunny walks. These photos of some gates of the villas I walk past were taken a few days ago. Hope you like them! Don’t forget to check other doors on Norm’s Blog in this weekly challenge, or join in with your own doors!

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#ThursdayDoors The Louvre Museum in #Paris

I haven’t been to Paris for a long time, but my daughter was there over Easter, and I asked her to send me some nice doors, so she sent me these beautiful doors in and around The Louvre Museum, in Paris. I hope you like them!

I love this mixture of traditional and new we can see here, the solid and massive archway contrasting with the glass pyramid inside the courtyard.

And finally, she was lucky enough to be in Paris on a full moon night, and she also sent me this picture, which I’d like to share with you.

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#ThursdayDoors Easter Break in Estepona, Spain

I thought ‘d join in this week with some pictures of doors seen in Estepona, on the Mediterranean coast, in the south of Spain, where I’m spending a few days with my family and friends.

This is the door to the beachside apartment where we’re staying.

This is the gate that lets us into the small housing complex.

Another door I saw during my morning walk. The salt air has wreaked havoc on the wooden door!

That’s probably why most doors ar iron gates.

Another nearby door.

Very near my flat, a few meters from the beach is La Torre Saladillo, a lookout tower built between 1575 and 1595, to scan the coast from north African invaders. The Moors had left th south of Spain in 1492, but there were still some  invasion attempts after that. It may also have been used to catch smugglers. Amazingly, it has no door! Only two window at the top. It’s a tourist attraction right now, so I suppose they covered the walls to avoid people going inside, but who knows?

Well, I’m off to the beach for a paella, see you next week!

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#ThursdayDoors Cervantes’ Home in Madrid

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature, hosted by Norm 2.0 allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun by creating their own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button on Norm’s blog.

Today I’m going to show you another door or two which I walked through several times a week for five years, The Faculty Of Philosophy and Arts in Cordoba, Spain. 

This is the main door of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, in Cordoba, where I read my doctoral thesis on language learning strategies, over ten years ago. It’s also the place where I worked as Associate Professor of English for five years.

I taught English language and linguistics as well as Medieval, Renaissance, and Postcolonial English Literature to undergraduate students, and Teaching Methodology and Didactics on Postgraduate students preparing their Master’s dissertation.

I loved teaching here, because my students were enthusiastic and motivated, and because it’s a very special building, with a great deal of history embedded within its mysterious stone walls. It’s not surprising that many of the students and people who work here have sensed that they sometimes were not alone in empty classrooms or shadowy corridors.

     

Here’s the open main door and the patio straight ahead.

The building has two floors. The lower floor has two patios, the main one, which can be seen in the photograph I took a few days ago, is an enclosed patio, which is very typical of the stately homes of the old town.

 

There is another, smaller patio to the left, which leads to the chapel, and the old mortuary, which were curiously side by side. Did I say mortuary? A little bit of history before we continue our look at the doors in the building. 

It became part of the University of Córdoba in 1970, but let’s have a quick look at what happened between 1701 and 1970, which may explain why some think it’s haunted.

En 1701 Cardinal Pedro de Salazar, bought some land near the Cathedral in Cordoba, which was built inside a Mosque, but more about that next week.

 

His first intention was to build a school, probably a boarding school, for the cathedral choir boys, so the plans were made and construction was soon started.

In 1704, when the building had not yet been finished, there was a devastating epidemic in Cordoba and the Cardenal was convinced that it would be more beneficial for the town if a hospital was built instead of a school. That’s why this stately, baroque building looks more like a palace than a hospital. It became a hospital well afer the building plans had been made.

Above is the original iron gate which was part of the chapel. Below we can see it at the end of the corridor, and on the right is classroom 1, the spookiest because it used to be the mortuary, and to the right of the gate, just past a small winding staircase, is the chapel.

Below is the door to  classroom number 1 (the open door to the right in the picture above), the old mortuary. The rails on the floor were to wheel in the trolleys with the dead bodies. 

Many say it’s haunted. I never saw or heard anything specific, but I smelt sickening odours and saw unexplainable shadows on occasions, not to mention some spine chilling moments when I left the solitary building after nine in the evening.   

There is a wide staircase between the two patios leading to the to floor, where most of the patients’ wards and rooms were situated.

There’s a giant painting of Cardenal Salazar at the top of the first flight of stairs, on the first landing, which you can see in the picture below.

 

   So, did you like today’s haunted doors?

Are there any haunted buildings where you live?

During a recent study visit to Madrid, with my adult ESL students, I was fortunate enough to stand beside a door through which Miguel de Cervantes entered daily. Well, that’s not strictly true, because the building itself, as most of the buildings in the area were refurbished or rebuilt in the early 19th century. The street is now called Calle de Cervantes and there is a bust, because this is the house where he is believed to have lived and died.

Here I am standing outside the door.

The house of the playwright Lope de Vega is in the same street, Calle Cervantes, which you can see at the top.  Here I am standing by Lope’s House. 

Here’s a close up of Cervantes’ bust, over the door.

Here’s a reconstruction of Lope’s study.

Here’s a close up of the door to the left of the study.

None of these doors or places are the ones the authors actually used, which is a pity, but almost four hunderd years on, we can’t expect to see and touch the original. I had to close my eyes and imagine Cervantes and Lope walking along these streets, thinking up new ideas for plays, novels and short stories. That was easy to do.

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Miguel de Cervantes’ biography is almost as elusive as Shakespeare’s. There are many disputed facts about basic aspects of his life and activities.

It is believed he was born in Alcala de Henares, a small town very near the capital of Spain in the year on the 29th of September, 1547, although not everyone agrees on the exact date. The situation of the exact house where he was born is also disputed, although there is a museum in Alcalá de Henares, which is meant to be a replica of the original house.

A lot more is known about his time in Madrid as an adult. He rented various houses in the quarter known as ‘Barrio de las Letras’ or District of the Arts (also known as District of Letters, but I prefer the former name), because many writers and artists lived there, especially in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Spanish Renaissance has been named as the Golden Age of Spanish Literature and Art (El Siglo de Oro), during which time the arts in general, especially literature and fine art flourished, with painters such as, Velázquez, Zurbarán and Murillo, and writers such as Cervantes, Quevedo, Lope de Vega and Gongora.

It is believed that when he died, his body was buried around the corner at the Convent Trinitaras, which is marked by another plaque.

El Barrio de las Letras is a very lively and bohemian part of Madrid, with narrow and mostly pedestrian streets and famous squares such as La Plaza de Santa Anna with many shops, bars and restaurants. 

After the visit we stopped to have a drink and some tapas for lunch at a nearby bar, of course. It’s hard being a teacher on a school trip!

I hope you enjoyed these Madrid doors!

#ThursdayDoors The Haunted Faculty in Cordoba, Spain

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature, hosted by Norm 2.0 allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun by creating their own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button on Norm’s blog.

Today I’m going to show you another door or two which I walked through several times a week for five years, The Faculty Of Philosophy and Arts in Cordoba, Spain. 

This is the main door of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, in Cordoba, where I read my doctoral thesis on language learning strategies, over ten years ago. It’s also the place where I worked as Associate Professor of English for five years.

I taught English language and linguistics as well as Medieval, Renaissance, and Postcolonial English Literature to undergraduate students, and Teaching Methodology and Didactics on Postgraduate students preparing their Master’s dissertation.

I loved teaching here, because my students were enthusiastic and motivated, and because it’s a very special building, with a great deal of history embedded within its mysterious stone walls. It’s not surprising that many of the students and people who work here have sensed that they sometimes were not alone in empty classrooms or shadowy corridors.

     

Here’s the open main door and the patio straight ahead.

The building has two floors. The lower floor has two patios, the main one, which can be seen in the photograph I took a few days ago, is an enclosed patio, which is very typical of the stately homes of the old town.

 

There is another, smaller patio to the left, which leads to the chapel, and the old mortuary, which were curiously side by side. Did I say mortuary? A little bit of history before we continue our look at the doors in the building. 

It became part of the University of Córdoba in 1970, but let’s have a quick look at what happened between 1701 and 1970, which may explain why some think it’s haunted.

En 1701 Cardinal Pedro de Salazar, bought some land near the Cathedral in Cordoba, which was built inside a Mosque, but more about that next week.

 

His first intention was to build a school, probably a boarding school, for the cathedral choir boys, so the plans were made and construction was soon started.

In 1704, when the building had not yet been finished, there was a devastating epidemic in Cordoba and the Cardenal was convinced that it would be more beneficial for the town if a hospital was built instead of a school. That’s why this stately, baroque building looks more like a palace than a hospital. It became a hospital well afer the building plans had been made.

Above is the original iron gate which was part of the chapel. Below we can see it at the end of the corridor, and on the right is classroom 1, the spookiest because it used to be the mortuary, and to the right of the gate, just past a small winding staircase, is the chapel.

Below is the door to  classroom number 1 (the open door to the right in the picture above), the old mortuary. The rails on the floor were to wheel in the trolleys with the dead bodies. 

Many say it’s haunted. I never saw or heard anything specific, but I smelt sickening odours and saw unexplainable shadows on occasions, not to mention some spine chilling moments when I left the solitary building after nine in the evening.   

There is a wide staircase between the two patios leading to the to floor, where most of the patients’ wards and rooms were situated.

There’s a giant painting of Cardenal Salazar at the top of the first flight of stairs, on the first landing, which you can see in the picture below.

 

   So, did you like today’s haunted doors?

Are there any haunted buildings where you live?