Carved Canticles – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

Basilica Santa Croce, Florence Italy – Image credit:

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These are the massive middle wooden entrance doors to the world’s largest Franciscan Church at Basilica Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. The superlatively ornate neo-Gothic facade in pink, white, and green marble flanks these principal doors along with two “smaller doors” one on either side. The building’s construction began in 1289 and was completed in 1385.

Trivia: Many of Florence Italy’s luminaries of arts and science are buried at Basilica Santa Croce: Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and Galileo Galilei. Dante Alighieri’s full-length statue stands a short distance from the basilica’s facade. Dante’s monument, inside this basilica, was featured in the ’80’s movie, A Room With A View. This church is also known as “The Temple of Italian Glories.”

Close-up detail of the Basilica’s hand-carved front doors below:

Basilica Santa Croce, Florence Italy – Image credit: Jebulon, CC0 / Wikimedia Commons

Wider angle of Basilica Santa Croce, Florence’s facade below:

Basilica Santa Croce, Florence Italy – Image credit: Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0


Written for #Thursday Doors – Dan Antion @ nofacilities

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

42 thoughts on “Carved Canticles – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

  1. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. – Francis of Assisi

    Legendary Doors –
    Simply magnificence
    “She falls in love with George Emerson, but back home in England her fiancee awaits her return.”

    The movies and the stories too.

    But it is the going behind the veil portrayed in the haiku, that is so moving.

    Amazing craft invested to materialise the almost inexplicable mysterious place.

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    1. I could be wrong but there usually were at least two people of the congregation who entered through a smaller entrance and then together opened the massive doors. So in response to your great question: The doors were opened but not without help.

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  2. I love the sense of scale that is added by the person in that first photo – those doors are huge! And to be the center of so much history – it’s truly amazing. I love your haiku, Suzette. You have a wonderful approach to this challenge. I always enjoy visiting here.

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  3. Thank you Dan. If the pupose of these impressive doors was to encourage the visitor to look up… they succeeded.
    Thank you for hosting and your visit. Much appreciated 😊


  4. A wonderful door on a wonderful building that features heavily in the book/film – a Room with a View – one of my all-time favourites. Thanks for posting.

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  5. Very impressive. I like that you included a person in the first shot which emphasizes the size of the doors. Churches like this always make me feel that the glory of God is there but of course it’s everywhere also. 🙂 Sadly many of these churches aren’t well-attended.


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    1. What a fabulous place to visit. I am happy to have been there. It is indeed hard to describe such a place meant to express inexplicable greatness. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Blessings to you.

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