Thursday Doors – Silves, Portugal

IMG_0376This week’s door photograph was taken in the town of Silves, Portugal. Carved wood and curved metalwork make this quite an ornate door, yet the flyers casually shoved underneath add a prosaic touch, as do the jumble of wires overhead.

Located in the south of Portugal, Silves was a Caliphate from the 8th to 13th century,Β  and one of the most important cities in the region. Now it is still a prosperous town, with shops, cafes, and one of the best preserved Moorish castles in the country. Winding streets slope towards a curving river – you can see the slope of the street in the door photo, cobbles descending while the doorstep is set straight into the wall.

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One of the cobbled streets, flaking paint and soft colours adding to the texture of this ancient town.

IMG_0383A view from the 8th century city wall, looking over the rooftops.

This is my entry for this week’s Thursday Doors, courtesy of Norm 2.0. Head on over to his blog and see more doors, or add one of your own!

23 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Silves, Portugal

  1. One of the most intriguing things about this Thursday Doors phenomenon is not how beautiful or ornate or ancient these doors are, but what goes on behind them; who lives there, what do they do, what does the inner space look like, or even is there anything beyond them at all, or is it just a facade…

    1. Yes, it’s interesting to think about, isn’t it? And I’ve found, as I go back through my photos, that for some reason I take a lot of door shots – wonder if it’s because of all the stories lurking behind them? πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, it was a great day out – there was so much to see, including the castle and museum. At one point we were stood at the top of the 8th century city wall, watching herons flying across the roofs to their nests.

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