The World’s Most Famous Doors
Throughout history there have been many famous doors that are instantly recognisable. Whilst we hope our front doors and internal doors are equally impressive, we’ll take you through 5 of the world’s most famous entrances.
221b Baker Street, London Home to possibly the most well-known detective in fictional history, 221b Baker Street (above) has been seen in countless TV and movie adaptations through the years. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock and his compatriot Dr Watson have solved many mysterious at the famous address. Funnily enough, when Conan Doyle originally wrote his stories, Baker Street only went up to number 85. However, in the 1930’s the road was extended and the new residents of 221b soon started receiving a lot of mail – from Sherlock fans across the globe! Nowadays you’ll find the Sherlock Holmes museum located at 221b Baker Street.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome Once of the most striking doors in the world (below right), the Holy door at St. Peter’s Basilica is only opened once every 25 years, in a holy year. The door is sealed from the inside with a brick wall to prevent entry throughout the other years. The door at St Peter’s Basilica, designed by Vico Consorti and cast by the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry of Florence, features intricate detailing and is visually striking. When the jubilee year comes, the Pope strikes the brick wall behind the door with a silver hammer to symbolically open it. The wall is then demolished fully, and pilgrims can enter through it. The Columbus Doors Situated at the entrance to the Rotunda in the US Capitol, the Columbus Doors (above left) are the striking gateway to the library of American myths. Standing at 17ft tall and over 20,000 pounds, the Columbus Doors, created by Randolph Rogers, are reminiscent of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s work, namely the Gates of Paradise in Florence. The narratives within the door’s design are based on the Life & Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Washington Irving. The Gates of Paradise, Florence Lorenzo Ghiberti and two colleagues spent 27 years designing and creating one of the most famous religious doors in the world. The entranceway to the Florence Baptistery di San Giovanni is created from ten panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament. Ghiberti’s work is famous for the first known use of the principles of perspective, and led to Michelangelo referring to the doors as the ‘Gates of Paradise’. These doors have acted as inspiration for many others, including the Columbus Doors in the US Capitol Building (above).
10 Downing Street, London Perhaps the most iconic door in the world, 1 woman and 52 men have walked through this door as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The black door has been the backdrop to interviews, news broadcasts and famous statements about world events throughout the years, and is possibly the most televised door in the world. The door is constantly guarded by police and can only be opened from the inside, and the original door was removed during the Second World War. It is made from bomb-proof metal with a high-quality gloss coating, hence why it appears so shiny. The old black oak door was removed in 1991 after a bomb attack by the IRA.