Bologna’s Knobs and Knockers…

Bologna’s Knobs and Knockers…

As I walked the porticoes of Bologna it wasn’t long before the quirky knobs and  knockers that peered out from the heavy wooden doors caught my eye.  I couldn’t help but notice the wide variety of door furniture adorning the city’s thresholds.  As I passed by entrances and doorways small human faces peered silently at me; some serene some grimacing.  Gaping keyholes awaiting heavy metal keys yawned at me.  Ornate, detailed; plain, simple all shared the purposes of announcing a visitor.   Gleaming brass reflected the sunlight or unpolished and dull faded into the wood.  Take a look – do you have a favourite?

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  1. That’s really intricate stuff. I found myself thinking the same thing when I wandered through the village of Antequera in Andalusia. Almost every home was fitted with a beautifully carved door knocker, but these take the cake!

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    • I discovered some beautiful door knockers in Venice too but I’ll save them for another day :)

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  2. I’m a door and knocker person too – love all the faces!

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    • I like the faces too – the more ornate the better :) Thanks for visiting…

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  3. Suzanne, I have put your name forward to this photo & travel competition – where you can win £1000 through blogging. Good luck. Deadline 31.10.13 http://wp.me/p293Pw-7B0

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    • Thank you Viveka! I’m away at the moment with no laptop so sadly I’ll be unable to take part – thank you for the nomination though and best of luck with your entry :)

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      • Suzanne, what a pity, because you had delivered a fantastic post.

  4. Interesting knockers and knows. I love beautiful little details like these. Great job capturing and putting them together.

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    • Thank you – I became quite intrigued by the door furniture!

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  5. Truly interesting knobs and knockers. I enjoy little details like these. Great job capturing and putting them together.

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  6. Suzanne, I can see you have come across some real “knobs” in your life *smile
    Stunning photos – I’m also very fascinated by doors and windows. Fantastic gallery and my favorite is the “gold” and blue on the top. Love the angle you have taken it on too.

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  7. Think my favourite would have to be the toothy grin third down on the left. Don’t recognise that one at all.

    Hope you had a fabulous time in Venice.

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    • Thank you! Just been checking out what Venice has to offer – loads more for the collection!

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  8. It’s hard to choose – I do like the lions though!

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  9. No. 9 for me please! :) 17 looks remarkably like one of my Algarve ones.

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    • It must remind you of warmer climes! I like the first one :)

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      • You’re home, Suze? Bet it went too fast, paddling and all! :)

      • Ha ha – we had a lovely time thanks. We did end up taking our shoes off and paddling through St Mark’s Sq otherwise we’d have missed our tour!

    • They really caught my eye as I wandered through the porticoes – just found your fab post on knobs and knockers too.

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  10. Very cool photos! Love doors (and their knobs and knockers!!! ) lol

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    • It’s a shame our doors in the UK don’t have so much character…

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  11. My favourite is the man face with the ring in his mouth. It reminds of something from a Jim Henson movie.

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    • Yes! I could imagine him speaking as you went to knock….!

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  12. Just got back from Venice and they have some interesting door art too!

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