Mosaic – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

inlay dreams mosaic from imperfections— beauty offerings to kings **** Its interior gobsmackingly adorned with 6500 square meters of handcrafted mosaics mounted with 2,200 kilograms of pure gold inlays, the Monreale Cathedral, Palermo built by Sicily’s King William II (brother-in-law to England’s Richard I), was constructed from 1172 to 1267. The 7.8 meters (25 feet)Continue reading “Mosaic – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors”

Empires – Haiku 2022 – #ThursdayDoors

empires stories retold from borrowed thresholds of broken pieces **** Consecrated as a church in the fourth region of Rome since AD 527, the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano situated in the Roman Forum enclosure was originally built in the 6th century (some accounts say the 2nd century). Rebuilt several times over the centuriesContinue reading “Empires – Haiku 2022 – #ThursdayDoors”

Paying it forward – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

unlocking doors past antiquity unhinged paying it forward **** Consecrated on November 9, 318 AD, the Basilica of St. John Lateran was rebuilt in the 17th century on the heels of two major fires and looting. The basilica’s nave lies above the ruins of the fort that once housed the Roman calvary’s bodyguards (circa ADContinue reading “Paying it forward – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors”

Wonders – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

persistence knocks longevity’s bronze doors Wonders resurrect **** These legendary bronze doors are the entrance to the Basilica of St. Mary and The Martyrs, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome. The building (more commonly known as The Pantheon) rests on the remains of two previous iterations: one burnt to the ground, and the other struck by lightning.Continue reading “Wonders – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors”

Belief – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

when belief is key doors don’t close forever no matter how high **** St. Peter’s Basilica’s Northern entrance door (its back shown above) designed by Vico Consorti was installed on Christmas Eve 1950 to replace previous centuries-old wooden doors (circa. 1748). The door known as The Holy Door comprises 16 rectangle bronze panels depicting OldContinue reading “Belief – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors”

Altar -Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

out of the rubble faith’s altar raises golden gothic chalices **** Built atop the ruins of an older church, Seville Cathedral, Spain began construction in the early 1400s with ongoing additions, subtractions, and revisions spanning the centuries up to the 1800s. The building is reportedly the largest gothic architecture-styled Catholic Church in the world. SevilleContinue reading “Altar -Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors”

Gates – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

gilded testament replica to paradise sculptured gates **** These are the original bronze doors of ten raised perspective sculptured panels detailing Old Testament stories completed in 1452 by Lorenzo Ghiberti. They were installed as Florences’s Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore’s baptistry’s east doors. Trivia: But, since 1990, visitors to the Duomo’s baptistry have beenContinue reading “Gates – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors”

Myth – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

Green Dragon’s ‘last call‘ exhaling myth on fire summons a cauldron **** Originally built in the early 1800s, predating many of the surrounding buildings in Leadenhall Market, 42 Bulls Head Passage features a curved entrance, a blue wood-framed glass door, and ornately carved glass above its threshold. Currently, an optician’s shop this building has shelteredContinue reading “Myth – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors”

Naval – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

guardians in bronze inner naval sanctum to the ship of Peace **** The six-meter plus high bronze outer doors at 121 Blake Road, Annapolis Maryland is the entrance to the U.S. Naval College Chapel. The bronze doors, a gift from US Naval Academy’s class of 1868 alumni were installed in 1909, a shield to theContinue reading “Naval – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors”

Wonder – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors

open to wonder literature peeks through a rabbit keyhole **** This small green door is the entrance from the Cathedral garden Christ Church College, University of Oxford, England. The door leads into a private garden alcove, The Dean’s Garden (The Deanery). Trivia: It is believed that this door was the inspiration for the forbidden doorContinue reading “Wonder – Haiku 2022 #Thursday Doors”