This is a side door to the St Pancras New Church, London. The banner in front is an art installation there at the time I took the photo, but I don’t think it detracts from the rather splendid red doors.
The church itself was built in 1819 in the Greek Revival style, and was called the St Pancras New Church to distinguish it from the St Pancras Old Church, which is not too far away.
One of the reasons I chose this door this week is because of the caryatid detail above it, taken from the Erectheum in Athens. It ties in with my Greek stadium post from yesterday, in honour of the ongoing Olympic Games. The architect, Henry Inwood, was in Athens at the time the plans for the church were accepted, and brought back plaster casts of the original statues for reference.
And here, just for our own reference, is the Erectheum in Athens, part of the temple complex on the Acropolis. I took this photo when I was there quite a few years ago, and I’m sure it will feature in a Wednesday Wander at some point soon.
This is my entry for this week’s Thursday Doors Challenge, courtesy of Norm 2.0. For more doors, or to add one of your own, simply visit Norm’s blog and click the link.
That’s really interesting. I wonder how hard it would be to get permission to make the plaster casts in 2016.
I imagine nearly impossible…
Helen – I love the art installation and the different views – cool connection to the olympics too – and I am rusty on my history – but in the US – our states capital (DC) I guess was supposed to have an Athenian feel – with chariots and figures – but money issues and arguing came up –
anyhow – enjoyed learning thru your door post today – 😉
Thank you 🙂 And you’re right, as far as I know – your capital was supposed to have a Greek/Roman feel to it, to echo the fact that the Greeks invented democracy, which was one of the founding principles of the US. Also, Pompeii was discovered around the time the Capitol buildings were built, and the discoveries there influenced art and architecture around the world. Really pleased you enjoyed the post, thanks for commenting! 🙂
well thank you for the mini history lesson – that was awesome – !!
have a great week – 😉
Isn’t there some kind of old rhyme that has St Pancras in it? Something about “going to St Pancras”. Anyway, it’s very cool!
Oh, I don’t know! I’ll see if my old friend Google throws anything up. There’s the old ‘oranges and lemons’ song, which has a lot of the church bells of London, but doesn’t include St Pancras. Let me know if you remember it 🙂
I love those impressive red doors – good choice Helen 🙂
Thanks, Norm! I’ll have to pop over and add my link, plus see what lovely doors you’ve chosen this week 🙂
I never appreciate london enough, sigh.
I think because I’ve been so far away from it for so long, I’m appreciating it more now 🙂
I love Greek architecture! Is it the goddess Athena holding up that splendid entablature? I’d love to go to Athens some day. Lovely photos.
Thanks Linda 🙂 They are caryatids holding up the entablature, which is basically another name for female statues wearing drapery. The Greeks used them in a lot of their architecture, which is why they are so prevalent in Greek Revival style. At least as far as I know, anyway 🙂
Caryatids? Thank you so much for that. I know that I might use that word some day…thanks to you. 😉
You’re very welcome – it’s a lovely word, isn’t it?
Certainly is!! 🙂